MORE CORONAVIRUS-LIKE PANDEMICS DUE TO GOVERNMENTS’ FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE LAND RIGHTS

Governments’ failure to recognize the land rights of indigenous communities and their role in protecting biodiversity could lead to more coronavirus-like pandemics, researchers said on Tuesday.

A study of more than 40 countries found many local people’s land claims were being ignored, amid increasing deforestation and wildlife exploitation, which may be contributing to a rise in diseases, like Covid-19, that pass from animals to humans.

“Despite compelling evidence that indigenous peoples, local communities, and Afro-descendants protect most of the world’s remaining biodiversity, they are under siege from all sides,” said Andy White of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI).

Inputs: Hindustan Times

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