Indigenous peoples defend Earth's biodiversity—but they're in danger

Comprising less than 5% of the world's population, indigenous people protect 80% of global biodiversity. Their role is under discussion by world leaders this week.

Bromeliads, ferns, and orchids cover a kapok tree in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador. The region is home to stunning biodiversity, much of it watched over by indigenous people.
Photograph by Steve Winter, Nat Geo Image Collection

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