The GEO Indigenous Alliance is an organized group of Indigenous peoples, and those who work with them, working in partnership with GEO to enhance the utility of Earth observations by incorporating Indigenous knowledge and practices.
The Alliance was founded at the GEO Week 2019 in Canberra, Australia. Founding members include: Titus Letaapo, James Rattling Leaf Sr., Lawford Benning, Vonda Malone and Mario Vargas Shakaim; and partner organizations: NASA, Conservation International, Geoscience Australia, FAO, Citizen Science/Global Partnership, AfriGEO and AmeriGEO.
Indigenous peoples steward more than a quarter of Earth's surface, yet represent just 5 percent of the world's population. Indigenous lands overlap with 80 percent of the planet's biodiversity. Forests inhabited by indigenous peoples store six times the amount of all human-caused carbon emissions in 2018.