OUR GLOBAL WORK STRENGTHENED WORK WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES We expanded our strategic work with indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) for them to take a central role in conservation decision-making. This included readying our major new initiative for 'inclusive conservation' across 90 countries that will empower IPLCs as effective custodians of conserved areas in line with a New Deal for Nature and People. We were also awarded US$18 million by USAID to address the underlying barriers to greater participation by indigenous peoples in deciding the future of priority landscapes in relation to infrastructure and extractives in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. G20 LEADERS BACK STRONGER INFRASTRUCTURE GUIDANCE Infrastructure provides the physical foundations for much of modern society's economic growth - but can also have devastating environmental, social and development impacts. WWF advocacy helped lead to world leaders including stronger environmental guidance in their new principles on quality infrastructure at the G20 Osaka Summit in Japan. The guidance highlighted the importance of accounting for the impact of infrastructure on ecosystems and biodiversity - the first time a major international agreement included the word 'ecosystems' in its recommendations for driving the future of infrastructure. SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP We've partnered with the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation (SIF) - which provides tools for multinational development banks investing in infrastructure projects - to identify critical biodiversity areas in the earliest planning stages. SIF's current project preparation platform currently lacks geospatial data on biodiversity areas, which is essential for fully informed screening of environmental, social and climate impacts and risks in potential infrastructure investments. We will work with SIF to integrate the data into the platform and so enable the development of sustainable A meeting of a community forest user group in Nepal. WWF-INT Annual Review 2019 page 35 © Karine Aigner / WWF-US infrastructure projects.