The event included a panel discussion, moderated by Arce and O’Mara, on how the Biden Administration will partner with diverse stakeholders to create inclusive, community-led solutions that honor Tribal sovereignty, private stewardship efforts, and the needs of underserved communities.
“It is an honor to speak among top federal conservation leaders about the need for 30x30 to be implemented with consideration of the needs of underserved communities,” said Maite Arce, President and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation. “For too long, Latino communities and low-income communities across the country have faced a “Nature Gap” – meaning they live in nature-deprived areas, and are therefore denied nature’s benefits resulting in higher rates of asthma, obesity, and other chronic diseases.”
According to scientists, protecting 30% of U.S. lands, water and ocean is the bare minimum needed to save nature and buffer against the worst impacts of climate change. This effort provides a unique opportunity to work towards a more inclusive and equitable vision for nature conservation that better reflects the nation’s values.