Natural Wisdom: Indigenous communities and defending biodiversity | earthrise

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    Being in tune with nature used to be instinctive for all humans. It was a matter of survival. But over the centuries, as we urbanised and industrialised, the connection has become weaker.

    But Indigenous communities around the world have not forgotten what it means to live in harmony with Earth. They make up around 5 percent of the world’s population and yet safeguard 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity. The natural wealth they defend makes them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

    We meet two communities protecting unique ecosystems on their territory. In Brazil, the Xavantes are exploring new ways of defending their ancestral way of life. And in Australia, the Bardi Jawi are working with scientists to create a fresh approach to marine conservation.

    Through reports from Cadenza Films in Brazil and Wildside Pictures in Australia, together with interviews with activists Daiara Tukano, Xiye Bastida and Nemonte Nenquimo, this programme highlights the crucial role Indigenous peoples play in protecting our planet and the importance of living in reciprocity with Mother Nature.

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    Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America.

    Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states and the Federal District. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas, as well as the most populous Roman Catholic-majority country.

    Its Amazon basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, and extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats. Brazil is classified as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank and a newly industrialized country.

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