Indigenous groups given fund to protect natural areas

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Shavante Indian woman making a basket using Buriti fiber from the Amazon tree and its leaves. UN Photo/Joseane Daher.

Indigenous groups in 20 countries around the world are being given a helping hand to protect the natural areas in which they live.

It follows a $16 million donation from the German government for the creation of a fund for areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities known as ICCAs.

The fund was launched by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) at a United Nations conference in the Republic of Korea on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

GEF is a partnership of member states, international institutions, civil society and the private sector.

Florencia Soto Nino asked GEF's Terence Hay-Edie how the money would be spent.

Duration: 2'27"

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