Amazonians call on leaders to heed link between land rights and climate change

Lizardo Cauper Pezo of the Ucayali regional organisation arrives at the Congress facilities in Lima, where indigenous leaders lobbied governments over land rights.(Photo: Ernesto Arias/EPA)

The land rights of indigenous people in the Amazon must be recognised if their countries’ commitments on reducing deforestation and lowering or capping carbon emissions are to be realised, according to native leaders from the nine South American countries across which the rainforest spreads.

Nearly 300 representatives of the forest’s several million inhabitants gathered in Lima last week to demand that their governments heed evidence of their ability to conserve the forest and thus protect their way of life.

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