Somewhere between US$7 billion and US$10 billion is spent every year on nature conservation. Much of this money goes towards managing existing and creating new protected areas. But these areas of rainforest, taiga, or desert are not only home to wildlife.

These lands are also home to millions of indigenous peoples. They have lived there for millennia. They protect the land and depend on it for their survival.

A project called “Reserved!” looks into the question of what happens to indigenous peoples when a protected area is created on their lands. And even more important, how to combine indigenous peoples’ rights and nature conservation.

Last week, the project launched an “Atlas on Indigenous Peoples and Nature Conservation”. Produced by Marine Gauthier and Riccardo Pravettoni, the Atlas is the result of a large number of interviews with representatives of indigenous peoples, conservation organisations, governments, and human rights activists.>>

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