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Africa’s Indigenous communities key to preserving forests and combating climate change

Progress with combating climate change and saving the world’s forests cannot be done without the work of the indigenous and local people who live there, a key message coming out of the World Forestry Congress being held in Durban, South Africa this week.

“One of the main messages which is going to come out from the whole World Forestry congress is the importance of the forest for food security and livelihood, as well as for climate change,” says Jeremy Campbell, manager of the Forest and Farm Facility programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization.

“And we see these two things can only be achieved together. And we will definitely be trying to create a platform for indigenous people and local community producer organizations to get their message heard,” Campbell told RFI via telephone in Durban.

Photo Credit: South African Tourism

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