Monthly Archives: November 2012

Recognising Sacred Natural Sites and Territories in Kenya

An Analysis of how the Kenyan Constitution, National and International Laws can Support the Recognition of Sacred Natural Sites and their Community Governance Systems. For millennia, indigenous and local communities around the world have upheld the responsibilities of their great-great … Continue reading

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Film: Sacred Voices

Sacred Voices is a short film which shares the messages of eight traditional Sacred Natural Site Custodians from Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa and Uganda. They share an ancient birthright and duty to protect the Sacred Natural Sites found within their … Continue reading

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Biodiversity conservation: The invisible guardians

Enforcing legal mechanisms can highlight Indigenous peoples’ importance in natural resource governance. Around the world, Indigenous peoples and local communities play a critical role in the protection and conservation of ecosystems and species and genetic diversity.  It is estimated that … Continue reading

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PROTECTING THE SACRED: Recognition of Sacred Sites of Indigenous Peoples for Sustaining Nature and Culture in Northern and Arctic Regions.

The Artic Centre of the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, the Université de Montreal, and the Thematic Network on Arctic Law of the University of Arctic are organizing this international conference. It will be on 11-13 September 2013 in Rovaniemi and … Continue reading

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CBD Notification from Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary: Colloquium on the role of ICCAs in achieving the Aichi Targets, 13 October 2012

Dear Madam/Sir, As you may know, Indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ conserved territories and areas (ICCAs) provide multiple ecological, cultural and biodiversity values, contributing greatly to food and water security, other ecosystem services and towards reaching several Aichi Targets and … Continue reading

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Colloquium on the role of ICCAs in achieving the Aichi Targets at #COP11

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Philippines: Over 2,000 Indigenous Peoples In South Cotabato Awarded Land Titles

Some 2,686 farmers in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato could finally claim they officially own the land they till. This came after the Department of Agrarian Reform in this province awarded to them as Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries their Certificates of … Continue reading

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Dayak Limbai Bunyau Indigenous community: defending our ICCA

  “We are the Dayak Limbai Indigenous community from Bunyau, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. For generations we have protected our ‘Bukit Bunyau’ (our ICCA). It provides us with food, our livelihoods and is our spiritual and cultural home. Today, it’s very … Continue reading

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Stronger laws will aid conservation, say experts at the CBD COP-11

“Countries need to recognize the rights of local communities to achieve the ”Aichi Targets’ (on conservation of biodiversity) by 2020″, said Ashish Kothari, founder member of Indian NGO Kalpavriksh (Consortium Member). Kothari was speaking at the launch of a new publication, … Continue reading

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Indigenous people deprived of rights to natural resources…

“The recently published ICCA Legal Review shows every time there is talk of “development” projects, tribal people are the first ones to be evicted from their own lands whether it is in India or Argentina. There was no recognition yet of … Continue reading

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