Tide turning as indigenous groups help steer global effort to save oceans

By Amanda Morrow
April 20, 2021

A global push to conserve vast swathes of ocean – 18 million square kilometres – over the next five years was launched Tuesday, as the world seeks a landmark deal to protect a third of its oceans by the end of the decade.

Known as the Blue Nature Alliance, the initiative brings together NGOs, governments, scientists and the private sector to ramp up ocean conservation.

In particular, it’s honing the skills of indigenous peoples – who have been long excluded from decision-making despite outperforming governments as the most effective custodians of nature.

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