Thank you Ms. Chairman,
I am speaking on behalf of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity.
IIFB would like to note the special role of indigenous peoples and local communities in the conservation of plant biodiversity. In many biodiversity rich regions its conservation depends on the use of traditional practices of sustainable resource management and such conservation is directly depend on indigenous peoples and local communities traditional knowledge, practices and innovation systems. This expertise must be taken into account in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
We would like also to call attention to the continued impact that extractive industries have on habitat loss and fragmentation and the destruction of plant communities in indigenous peoples territories. Oil extraction, logging, and mining amongst others not only are destroying unique plant populations but also increasing pollution, which is poisoning all forms of life.
We also would like to acknowledge the need for the use of traditional knowledge in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, especially for targets 9 and 13, through the implementation of the relevant activities and with the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, including women and youth at all levels of its development and implementation .
Thank you Ms. Chairman