Indigenous groups want Amazon protected

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Ahead of the World Conservation Congress which opens in the French city of Marseille next week, indigenous groups from South America are insisting that 80 per cent of the Amazon region should be protected by 2025.

They also want to manage the new protected areas themselves.

"Our forests and our peoples are threatened from all sides," said Jose Gregorio Diaz Mirabal, coordinator of the umbrella organisation of indigenous groups in the Amazon basin (Coica), who will lead the delegation from the Amazon region to the congress in Marseille.

"Our proposal comes at a time when people are desperately looking for solutions to stop the destruction of nature."

The umbrella organisation based in Quito, Ecuador, represents more than two million indigenous people in South America.

It cites scientific studies, including those by the World Food Organisation, which recently showed that indigenous peoples are the best "keepers of the forest" in the fight against environmental damage and climate change.

The 6.7-million-square-kilometer Amazon basin, whose rainforest stretches over nine countries in South America and a distance equivalent to that between Berlin and Baghdad, plays a key role in the global climate.

The rainforest absorbs CO2 emissions, and its vegetation helps protect the planet from overheating.

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