Amazon indigenous groups want to create a nature sanctuary the size of Mexico
Indigenous people in Latin America want to create the world’s largest protected area to help fight climate change and protect biodiversity.
The national park-like area would stretch from the bottom of the Andes, through the Amazon to the Atlantic and would cover 2 million square kilometres – roughly the same land mass as Mexico.
It was put forward at this week’s UN conference on biodiversity in Egypt by the
Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin (COICA), an alliance of 500 indigenous groups from nine Latin American countries.
Speaking at the conference, COICA vice president Tuntiak Katan said: “We have come from the forest and we worry about what is happening. This space is the world’s last great sanctuary for biodiversity. It is there because we are there. Other places have been destroyed.”
Katan added that his organization wanted world leaders to agree to protect a “sacred corridor of life and culture” through the creation of the protected area. Read more…