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Video: Adjany Costa | A Roadmap for Indigenous communities to reclaim stewardship of the land

Adjany Costa

Lasting conservation, led by Indigenous heritage

Conservation champion and TED Fellow Adjany Costa is on a mission to empower Indigenous communities. Instead of imposing pre-designed policy and plans on local people, she says, conservation efforts should center those who know the land best, enabling them to tailor solutions to their unique environmental, social and economic realities. She presents a roadmap for Indigenous communities to take back ownership of their heritage and reclaim stewardship of their land. “Real community-based conservation … fosters fierce independence,” Costa says.


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Running time: 5 minutes


Adjany Costa is an ethno-conservationist working with the natives of the headwaters of the Okavango Delta in Botswana to help provide them with legal and economic frameworks for protecting their land, one of the world’s last truly wild spaces. Costa was the youngest minister in Angolan political history, serving as Minister of Culture, Tourism and Environment from April to October 2020.

Adjany Costa

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