By Morgan Lowrie THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL- The world won’t succeed in halting biodiversity loss without Indigenous participation and leadership, according to leaders attending a major United Nations conference in Montreal. Jennifer Corpuz, an Indigenous lawyer from the Philippines, said Indigenous people around the world have long been the best guardians of nature. “If the parties here don’t work with Indigenous peoples, we won’t get where we need to go because Indigenous governance and guardianship has been more effective than protected areas,” she said Saturday in an interview. Corpuz said it’s crucial that any final agreement negotiated at the conference, known as COP15, include acknowledgment of Indigenous rights, recognition of traditional territory in conservation targets and direct access to funding to protect biodiversity. “Our lives are
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