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Lubuk Mandarsah is a community in the province of Jambi, Sumatra, Indonesia. For generations, communities like this have depended on their lands and a healthy environment for community survival, as they provide a source for food, fresh water, and livelihoods. Keeping global forests standing is also critical for storing carbon and removing it from the atmosphere, helping to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. With 20% of the world’s forests on Indigenous lands, protecting the environment and human rights are inextricably linked.

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