Why indigenous people are key to protecting our forests

Women who farm on disputed land at the Mau forest gather wild vegetables to transport to local markets August 26, 2008. A familiar Kenyan saga of corruption, illegal landgrabbing and the use of state resources to buy electoral votes has destroyed a quarter of the 400,000 hectare forest in the last decade with an impact that could be felt as far away as Egypt. Picture taken August 26, 2008

Protecting the forests is a way of life for the people who live in them - but now they need our help Image: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
Coordinator , Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)
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