We believe that the peoples who call these places home are the best guardians of their cultures’ vital birthplaces, and that supporting the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples, and following their leadership, is critical to the health of our planet as a whole.
Indigenous peoples uphold many of the planet's healthiest ecosystems, rich in biodiversity, and systems essential to the security of global food production, fresh water, and ultimately, the Earth's climate. We believe that the peoples who call these places home are the best guardians of their cultures’ vital birthplaces, and that supporting the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples, and following their leadership, is critical to the health of our planet as a whole.
The Necessity of Guardianship
Time-earned knowledge systems and place-specific technologies linked to the right, responsibility and capacity to sustain vital natural systems.
Enormous pressures threaten guardianship around the world, and Indigenous peoples are seeking recognition, partnership and support to counter these forces. Nia Tero exists to help make that happen.
The inner overlap of the three colored circles represents the nexus of where Nia Tero will focus its efforts. The outer circle represents the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities—indicating that these rights are the stepping off point for everything we do.
Creating Conditions for Success
Nia Tero will support improvements in their “enabling conditions,” including policy frameworks, ecosystem and social monitoring systems, and long-term financing. Further, we will help propel locally relevant enterprises, infrastructure, and other projects integral to the well-being and earning power of Indigenous peoples and local communities.
The Value of Collective Territory
That includes nurturing vast natural ecosystems, managing life-giving natural resources such as fish and maintaining revered sacred sites. Nia Tero will focus all its work in places where Indigenous peoples and local communities hold territories collectively.
The Power of Story
To scale up global support for Indigenous guardianship, Nia Tero and our partners will amplify the power of Indigenous storytelling across multiple media platforms, both close to home and globally. By doing this, we hope to reach audiences ranging from local communities to policymakers and major global development funders. Nia Tero will also facilitate exchange among Indigenous peoples to share their knowledge, ingenuity, and solutions across cultures and places.