African Union backs Mauritius against UK in dispute over Chagos.
16th Ordinary Session held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 30 to 31 January 2011.
"Decides to support fully the action of the Government of the Republic of Mauritius at the United Nations General Assembly with a view to enabling Mauritius to exercise its sovereignty over the Archipelago."
Feb 11, 2011
Rights Based Approach to Conservation
The aim is for this platform to become a central point for collecting and sharing information and experiences about worldwide initiatives which promote the integration of human rights considerations within conservation practices.
"Failure to conserve biodiversity can undermine the rights of the individuals and local communities.."
Jan 14, 2011
Uganda: Securing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights In Conservation: A Review Of South West Uganda
"Mainstream conservation still marginalises and ignores indigenous peoples,..."
United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda and Forest Peoples Programme. Media Briefing, Uganda. 11th January 2011.
Jan 12, 2011
Seeking New Paths to Conservation
Draft background paper - Seeking New Paths to Conservation Workshop, "SHARING POWER" Conference (January 2011)
This paper is intended to provoke discussion and generate better, shared understanding of the problems, the opportunities, and the options for nurturing concrete actions toward more socially-just and ecologically-sustainable conservation and development in significantly-large, geographically-defined places. The aim is to brainstorm ways to re-vision conservation as an integrated principle of "development", not conservation as set-asides nor partnerships with development plans and agents responsible for environmental damages and human rights violations. Please send comments, corrections, suggestions and additional information to firstname.lastname@example.org DRAFT 10 DECEMBER 2010
Dec 11, 2010
Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas - ICCAs
A Bold New Frontier for Conservation
"ICCAs are natural and/or modified ecosystems containing significant biodiversity values, ecological services and cultural values, voluntarily conserved by Indigenous peoples and local communities..."
Oct 15, 2010
CIHR - THE CONSERVATION INITIATIVE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
"The pursuit of conservation goals can contribute positively to the realization of many human rights, and realization of rights can enable more effective conservation outcomes."
This is the text of the CIHR principles as published on the IUCN website
Sep 18, 2010
Problematizing Neoliberal Biodiversity Conservation: Displaced and Disobedient Knowledge
This workshop brought together a global network of scholars, applied practitioners, and community activists (recognizing that these are not mutually exclusive categories), who are concerned about the ways in which nature has been commodified and appropriated in the contextof biodiversity conservation, and the ways in which local people and their livelihoods have been displaced and transformed in the process. Members of this group have documented these processes in many different parts of the world, but have experienced significant obstacles to making our analysis part of mainstream conversations about biodiversity conservation. We came together in order to more effectively conceptualize and communicate the global nature of the phenomena that we have researched, experienced and documented. The three-day workshop revolved around the experiential narratives of participants, structured according to key questions agreed upon prior to the event. From these narratives we identified common themes, as well as significant differences, and sought to identify variables that might account for these. We also worked together to think through the most effective avenues for highlighting these problems and considering solutions. These included strengthening existing networks of scholars, practitioners, activists, and local people who are concerned with the displacement effects of conservation policy and practice, as well as the creation of new ones. We also hope to build on the unique skills and perspectives of network members to explore solutions to environmental problems that are holistic, inclusive, equitable, and ecologically sound. A major element of this vision is a multifaceted publication and information-sharing strategy, including the creation of an interactive online forum to allow for freer and more inclusive exchanges of information and ideas. Our vision is that these networks and forums will inform and influence a convergence of biodiversity conservation and environmental justice in which equity and ecology are inextricably linked.
Sep 18, 2010