Josefa Cariño Tauli is an Ibaloi-Kankanaey Igorot indigenous youth from the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. She currently represents Indigenous and local youth on the Steering Committee of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), the official youth constituency to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). As a member of GYBN, Sefa has been advocating for the meaningful and effective participation of youth and the recognition of indigenous peoples’ issues within the biodiversity policy space since 2018. She has actively contributed to the network’s policy advocacy work as part of the official youth delegation to CBD meetings and in its participation in the development of the next strategic plan for biodiversity: the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. She is currently a graduate student, focusing her research on biocultural diversity conservation in her home region. Through her research, she hopes to contribute to the body of knowledge we can use to tackle the inextricably interconnected threats to biological and cultural diversity. Sefa is a former Indigenous fellow under Conservation International’s Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship, and is Co-chair of “Youth for Territories of Life”, the youth group of the global ICCA Consortium.
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