A group of people, some in traditional attire, sit in an audience. The scene appears to be at a conference or gathering, with a diverse mix of men and women attentively watching ahead. Among them are indigenous people from Bolivia passionately discussing climate change.

Bolivia: contribution of indigenous people to fighting climate change is hanging by a thread

Earth’s forests oxygenate the atmosphere and store vast quantities of planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO₂). But research suggests that the health of these vast ecosystems in large part depends on the work of indigenous people.

Indigenous territories and protected areas cover 52% of the Amazon forest and store 58% of its carbon. A recent study found that these areas had the lowest net loss of carbon between 2003 and 2016, with 90% of net emissions coming from outside these protected lands.


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