Cameroon's Traditional Rulers Show the Way on Climate Action

Despite having been removed from most of their ancestral lands, indigenous practices are still the most effective way to care for our environment. According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, "indigenous lands make up around 20% of the Earth's territory, containing 80% of the world's remaining biodiversity - a sign that indigenous peoples are the most effective stewards of the environment.

But indigenous communities are not without their own challenges - largely brought about by colonialism and the loss of land and indigenous knowledge. The Global Landscapes Forum is building networks between local peoples, the scientific community and other partners, to ensure the best possible outcome for land and people.

In September 2022 the forum held its Africa digital gathering, where the Voices of the Landscape sessions highlighted the work of activists in their communities. Panelists were unanimous that that the best way to take restoration activities to the community was through traditional leadership.

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Many regions in Cameroon are particularly mountainous. Rampant rates of deforestation threaten the region's watershed and soil fertility (file photo).

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