The North American Regional Declaration on Biocultural Diversity declaration contains principles and actions to make communities more resilient and strengthen the ties between biological and cultural diversity. It also recognizes the importance of Indigenous languages, knowledge and management systems in preserving biocultural diversity. It stresses the importance of respecting Indigenous rights.
The Declaration’s recommendations include support for:
- Indigenous stewardship and sustainable use of traditional territories, lands and waters
- Indigenous-led strategies to protect, revitalize and sustain Indigenous languages and knowledge systems
- Making sure Indigenous youth are exposed to their cultures’ languages and traditional knowledge
The Declaration also recommends ensuring that Indigenous Peoples participate in all matters that are relevant to them. This includes helping to develop the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and implementing the CBD generally.