Recognizing and honouring Indigenous culture and knowledge and supporting Indigenous stewardship of the millions of acres of land under Indigenous-management represents a potential transformative pathway to meeting the SDGs.
Earth Observations (EO), which include satellite, aircraft and ground monitoring technologies can play a key role in supporting Indigenous-led land management. However, Indigenous Peoples currently do not have equal access or opportunities to these technologies, including EO data and tools.
To narrow this gap, we must understand the unique challenges Indigenous communities face to use and develop EO technologies and address key topics to strengthen Indigenous peoples’ rights and help unlock EO capabilities for all.
This side event provides a forum for Indigenous Peoples and those who work with them to discuss opportunities and challenges for increasing Indigenous Peoples’ engagement in the creation and use of EO data and tools that support their sustainable development goals.
The panel of experts will discuss key challenges and opportunities for inclusive engagement with Indigenous peoples to advance EO design and applications for sustainable development at the community-level. They will also discuss the successes and lessons learned from experience co-designing and applying EO technologies to help advance Indigenous rights.
The outcome of this event is a set of recommendations from Indigenous experts on how EO tools and data can be made more accessible to help communities to pursue their self-determined development pathways while safeguarding traditional knowledge and systems.