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Forest Defenders: New Threats and New Responses
23 Apr 2019 -  Tropical forests are critical for addressing climate change and achieving sustainable development. They are also home to indigenous peoples and forests communities, who have protected and managed them for generations, and now find themselves on the front lines of the deforestation crisis, their lives and livelihoods threatened by illegal logging and mining operators, poachers, agribusiness, drug traffickers and even governments.
In 2017 alone, 207 environmental defenders were killed protecting their lands, territories and forests from destruction, a disproportionate number of them indigenous people. As the threats to forest defenders are growing, new responses are also emerging.
This side event will showcase several new and innovative initiatives that are defending the defenders of forests and can inform future work in this area.
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