“Indigenous Peoples are, by precept of international soft law, those sectors of the world’s communities that identify themselves as such. They adopt this definition on various grounds, such as having stronger relations to their land than other nationals, longer origins in the locality, or distinctive cultures and ways of life that run special risks of being denied or lost in modern conditions.”

Source: Ding, Helen, Peter G. Veit, Allen Blackman, Erin Gray, Katie Reytar, Juan Carlos Altamirano, and Benjamin Hodgdon. Climate Benefits, Tenure Costs: The Economic Case for Securing Indigenous Land Rights in the Amazon. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute, 2016.