Historic Victory for Indigenous peoples: IUCN Approves Motion to Protect 80% of the Amazon Rainforest by 2025
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MARSEILLE, France - On September 10, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) approved Motion 129, the call by Indigenous peoples to protect 80% of the Amazon Rainforest by 2025!
Motion 129 is an Indigenous peoples’ call to protect 80% of the Amazon by 2025 to avoid a catastrophic “tipping point” of no return. The passing of the motion is a historic triumph for Indigenous defenders in the Amazon Rainforest. Proposed by José Gregorio Diaz Mirabal, the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon (COICA), the Amazonia 80% by 2025 Initiative includes Stand.Earth, Amazon Watch, Artists For Amazonia, Avaaz, One.Earth, RAISG, the Wild Foundation, and NooWorld.
This decision came at a critical time. 17% of the Amazon has suffered deforestation and an additional 17% of its rainforests have been degraded. Scientists have concluded that if 20-25% of the Amazon is destroyed, Earth’s largest tropical ecosystem would reach a tipping point with disastrous effects for climate both locally and globally. Immediate action is needed, and 80% x 2025 is just the beginning!