Conservation in action

A Stoney Indian brave wears ceremonial headgear during a festival, Banff National Park, Canada

Going beyond the minimum requirements

“Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification addresses much that is important to First Nation communities — from recognising Indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge to environmental values, such as wildlife habitat, to social and economic values, such as stable jobs and markets,” says David Walkem, Chief of Cook’s Ferry Indian Band in British Columbia.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson

Highlighting indigenous kinship with nature

“Traditional Hawaiian ecological knowledge includes complex understandings of evolutionary biology, watershed health, agriculture aquaculture and resource management that allowed over one million people to sustainably reside in Hawai‘i," says Trisha Kehaulani Watson of IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).


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