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Learning for Nature is a premier e-learning platform of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). LfN’s podcasts feature conversations with Indigenous peoples and local communities that demonstrate exceptional achievements in promoting nature-based solutions for sustainable development. Join LfN’s virtual community working to advance sustainable development and explore other learning opportunities at
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El papel de las mujeres Indígenas para promover la seguridad alimentaria y proteger los bosques en Costa Rica
Hablamos con Heylin Reyes, coordinadora de proyectos de empoderamiento de la mujer en la Asociación de Mujeres Indígenas del Territorio Cabécar Kábata Könana en Costa Rica. Su asociación reúne a mujeres Indígenas para promover el uso de prácticas y conocimientos tradicionales para la seguridad alimentaria y los fines medicinales, mejorar el liderazgo de las mujeres y los derechos indígenas, y proteger el bosque circundante. Su asociación también forma a mujeres en materia de agroforestería rotacional y regenerativa, y promueve el uso de variedades de semillas nativas locales y plantas medicinales tradicionales, mejorando la resiliencia de la comunidad frente al calentamiento climático. La asociación ganó el Premio Ecuatorial en 2021.
September 29, 2021
Learning about Customary Land Rights in Belize
We sat down with Pablo Mis, Program Director of the Maya Leaders Alliance, to learn how the Maya peoples are promoting Indigenous grassroots development through legal land right protections and other forms of advocacy in Southern Belize.
June 29, 2021
Learning about Human-Elephant Conflict Mediation in Sri Lanka
We sat down with Ravi Corea, founder of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society, to learn how to strategically mediate the ongoing conflicts between humans and elephants and promote sustainable livelihoods, protect wildlife, and achieve a harmonious coexistence.
May 27, 2021
Learning about Food Security in the Maasai Mara Ecosystem
We sat down with Nelson Ole Reiyia and Maggie Reiyia of the Nashulai Maasai Conservancy to learn how one of Kenya’s first Indigenous-managed conservancies was able to restore food security and self-sufficiency in the face of lost eco-tourism income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
December 01, 2020
Learning about Indigenous Advocacy in the United Nations System
This podcast features Roberto Borrero, a renowned indigenous rights activist and representative of Tribal Link Foundation, who discusses entryways for Indigenous Peoples to raise visibility of their rights in the United Nations system.
August 31, 2020
Learning about Indigenous Youth on the Global Stage
This podcast features Victor Lopez-Carmen, Co-Chair of the UN Global Indigenous Youth Caucus, who shares his experience representing Indigenous youth and advocating for Native American rights to health and to a healthy environment.
August 02, 2020
Establishing the Salween Peace Park for indigenous land rights in Myanmar
This podcast features Saw John Bright of the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network, who talks about the establishment of the Salween Peace Park for the promotion of peace and the protection of the Karen people's livelihoods in the face of conflict in Myanmar.
June 30, 2020
Learning about Snow Leopard Conservation in Pakistan
This podcast features Ghulam Mohammad of Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization (BWCDO), an Equator Prize winning non-profit in Pakistan working to ensure that vulnerable snow leopards and humans coexist in harmony.
May 30, 2020
Learning about Sustainable Fisheries Management in Hawaiʻi
This episode describes the path of community-based organization Hui Makaʻāinana o Makana towards the establishment of a subsistence fishing area that preserves local ecological knowledge in Kauaʻi, Hawai'i.
April 30, 2020
Learning how Regenerative Agriculture can Combat the Climate Crisis
Episode 2: Regenerative Agriculture and Building Climate Resilience This episode featuring Dr. Andrew Smith, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Scientist at Rodale Institute focuses on how regenerative agricultural practices can combat the climate crisis by improving soil health.
March 26, 2020
Learning how Regenerative Agriculture can Increase Food Security
Episode 2: Regenerative Agriculture and the Future of Global Food Systems This episode featuring Jeff Tkach, Chief Impact Officer at Rodale Institute, offers the ways regenerative organic agriculture can improve our global food systems, eradicate “hidden hunger,” and increase food security.
March 26, 2020
Learning about the Global Impact of Regenerative Agriculture
Episode 1: Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People: An Introduction to Regenerative Organic Agriculture This episode featuring Jeff Moyer, Chief Executive Officer at Rodale Institute, defines regenerative agriculture and describes steps that policymakers and consumers can take to help support the transformation to regenerative agricultural systems.
March 26, 2020
Learning why International Commitments to End Deforestation in Commodity Supply Chains by 2020 Failed
The Forest 500 2019 annual report finds that despite ambitious commitments to end deforestation in agricultural commodity supply chains by 2020, the lack of any action by almost half of the most influential companies and financial institutions in forest-risk supply chains is preventing sector-wide change. Learn more about the findings from this report and why company action is essential to achieving global forest protection in this interview with Sarah Rogerson from the Global Canopy Programme.
February 27, 2020
Learning about Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Hawaiʻi
This podcast features Kevin Chang, Co-Director of Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA), a network that supports community-based natural resource management in Hawaiʻi by working together with government agencies and communities towards restoring Hawaiʻi communities’ traditional role as caretakers of their land.
January 30, 2020
Learning about COP25 from an Indigenous Negotiator's Perspective
This podcast features Ghazali Ohorella, an expert in indigenous human rights and international politics from the Indigenous Alifuru people of  South-Maluku. Learn about the recent negotiations at the 25th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference from the perspective of a seasoned indigenous negotiator at UNFCCC.
December 20, 2019
Learning about Sustainable Coffee Production in the Brazilian Amazon
Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world. In the municipality of Apuí, however, coffee production has been on a steady decline, losing land to extensive livestock production - one of the main drivers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The Apuí Agroforestry Coffee project, initiated by the Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Amazon (IDESAM), is proving to be an effective solution to revive sustainable coffee production while also conserving and restoring the Amazon forest. In this episode, you will hear from Pedro Soares, Manager of Climate Change and REDD+ at IDESAM, about this project and its impact.
October 30, 2019
Learning about the Role of Subnational Governments in Reducing Deforestation
 This episode of the Nature for Development podcast recorded during the regional meeting of the Governors Climate and Forest Task Force features an interview with Rafael Robles de Benito, Climate Change Director of the State of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Rafael speaks of the role and importance of subnational government for addressing deforestation and promoting low-carbon sustainable development in tropical countries.
June 26, 2019
Learning about the Role of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Territorial Governance
This episode of the Nature for Development podcast recorded during COP24 in Poland features an interview with Juan Carlos Jintiach of COICA (Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin). Juan Carlos speaks of Indigenous peoples engagement on the UNFCCC process, the importance of governance, land rights and Indigenous peoples participation if we are to save the remaining tropical forests; and the recently approved indigenous peoples platform under the UNFCCC.
April 09, 2019
Learning about the 2018 New York Declaration Declaration on Forests Assessment
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