CBBM is a community conservation organization. To us, community conservation means forging alliances with indigenous peoples and local communities to develop holistic ways to addressing the interconnected crises of biodiversity loss, climate change, and cultural degradation. We recognize that conservation’s ongoing colonial legacy is contributing to a growing list of human rights abuses that are neither morally defendable nor producing effective conservation. We understand that conservation activities can impact indigenous peoples and local communities disproportionately. We believe that effective and equitable conservation outcomes must be underpinned by the recognition and respect for their rights, their socio-political and governance aims, and their self-determination. We strive for projects that originate from and are led by indigenous peoples or local communities themselves, grounded in their priorities and values. We insist that participation be based on free, prior, and informed consent.