Evaluate Indigenous protection and management of peatland ecosystems for protection of C stocks


With more than one million plant and animal species facing extinction, scientific research is increasingly pointing towards how Indigenous-governed territories perform better than State-controlled protected areas in fostering and maintaining biodiversity. Previous, studies have found that 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity is within Indigenous controlled lands and territories. Despite this, Indigenous rights to ownership, control and access to their lands and resources remains poorly integrated into international peatland research frameworks and initiatives.

Activity Outline

  • Assess whether disparate management practices across Indigenous peatland areas leads to greater indicators of biodiversity and ecosystem health
  • Deduce how much of biodiversity in Indigenous controlled lands is within the peatland regional context
  • Map peatland management practices, biodiversity, and ecosystem health