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New video produced by IMPECT: Indigenous Peoples Festival - Thailand 2011

This video features the celebration of the United Nations' International Day of the World's Indigenous People in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2011. The International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world's indigenous population.

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Volunteer Opportunity with Inter Mountain Peoples’ Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) : English teacher for Mowakhi School Project - Thailand

Inter Mountain Peoples’ Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) are looking for Anthropology, Education and other human sciences students interested in volunteering 7 weeks of their time in an indigenous community school in Northern Thailand. If you want to have a real encounter with indigenous people in Thailand, while contributing towards better education for its children, this assignment is for you. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to live in a small community and be hosted by one of its families.

Gender dimensions in indigenous peoples’ customary use of biodiversity

Recent work carried out by various indigenous peoples, such as community mapping and documenting traditional resource use, has resulted in interesting insights into the different gender dimensions in their customary use of biodiversity. In many indigenous communities, there are clear divisions in men’s and women’s roles and tasks relating to biodiversity use. This article shares some examples from case studies carried out by the Wapichan people from South-west Guyana and by the Karen and Hmong people from Northern Thailand. 

Dimensiones de género en la utilización consuetudinaria de la diversidad biológica por parte de los pueblos indígenas

La labor realizada recientemente por varios pueblos indígenas, como el levantamiento cartográfico de los terrenos de sus comunidades y la documentación de la utilización tradicional de los recursos, ha aportado conocimientos interesantes sobre las diferentes dimensiones de género que influyen en su utilización consuetudinaria de la diversidad biológica. En muchas comunidades indígenas existen claras divisiones entre las funciones y las tareas de los hombres y de las mujeres en lo que se refiere a la utilización de la diversidad biológica. Este artículo presenta algunos ejemplos extraídos de estudios de casos que han llevado a cabo el pueblo Wapichan del sudoeste de Guyana y los pueblos Karen y Hmong del norte de Tailandia. 

Les dimensions de genre dans l’utilisation coutumière de la biodiversité par les peuples autochtones

Des travaux récents menés par plusieurs peuples autochtones, tels que la cartographie communautaire et la description de l’utilisation des ressources traditionnelles, ont permis de comprendre différents aspects des dimensions de genre liées à leur utilisation coutumière de la biodiversité. Dans nombre de communautés autochtones, il existe des divisions claires entre les rôles et les tâches des hommes et des femmes en matière d’utilisation de la biodiversité. Cet article propose des exemples d'études de cas réalisées par le peuple Wapichan du Sud-Ouest de la Guyane et les peuples Karen et Hmong du Nord de la Thaïlande.  

Press Release: International Union for the Conservation of Nature to review and advance implementation of the ‘new conservation paradigm’, focusing on rights of indigenous peoples. January 14, 2011

Indigenous peoples’ representatives met with Chairs of Commissions of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other conservation organizations, for a high-level dialogue during the Sharing Power conference, in Whakatane, New Zealand, on January 13th, 2011. IUCN agreed to review the implementation of resolutions related to indigenous peoples taken at the 4th World Conservation Congress (WCC4) in 2008, in Barcelona, Spain, and to advance their implementation. These resolutions, along with the Durban Action Plan and the Programme of Work on Protected Areas of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), are often termed as the “new conservation paradigm”. They are crucial for ensuring that conservation practices respect the rights of indigenous peoples and their full and effective participation in policy and practice. Unfortunately, the actual implementation of these decisions in support of indigenous peoples has been very patchy. The information gathered by the IUCN review processes will feed into its 2013-2016 Programme, to be discussed and adopted in September 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea.

Specifically, the meeting participants agreed that IUCN will:

·       Reinforce its multi-level process (encompassing international, regional, national and local levels) to assess and advance the implementation of the “new conservation paradigm”. This process would focus on specific WCC4 resolutions relevant to indigenous peoples.

·       Implement pilot assessments of protected areas at the local level that should be carried out by teams composed of indigenous peoples, IUCN national and international offices, government officials and other relevant actors. The pilot assessments should specify recommendations to address gaps between the observed practices and the ‘new conservation paradigm’. The findings will be reported in national workshops, which will then explore ways to implement the recommendations from the assessments. The assessments would also bring examples of successful projects and best practices to the international community.

·       Carry out a review of the implementation of each of the WCC4 resolutions relevant to indigenous peoples, based on information from commissions and regional and global thematic programmes. This review will identify gaps and make recommendations to address them, which will be included in IUCN’s 2013-2016 Programme.

·       Submit reports on these matters to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the CBD. 

·       Spread awareness of WCC4 resolutions on indigenous peoples to all national IUCN offices.

·       Improve the coordination between regional and national IUCN offices and indigenous peoples’ organizations.

NOTA DE PRENSA - La UICN revisará y avanzará en la aplicación efectiva del "nuevo paradigma de la conservación", con atención especial a los derechos de los pueblos indígenas. 14 de enero de 2011

Los representantes de los pueblos indígenas se reunieron con los Presidentes de las Comisiones de la UICN y otras organizaciones conservacionistas para un diálogo de alto nivel durante la Conferencia "Compartiendo el Poder" que tuvo lugar en Whakatane, Nueva Zelanda, el 13 de enero de 2011.

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE - L'Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature doit revoir et faire avancer l'application du « nouveau paradigme de la conservation », mettant l'accent sur les droits des peuples autochtones.14 janvier 2011

Des représentants des peuples autochtones se sont réunis avec les présidents de commissions de l'Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) et d'autres organismes de conservation pour tenir un dialogue de haut niveau pendant la conférence Sharing Power (partager le pouvoir), à Whakatane, Nouvelle-Zélande, le 13 janvier 2011. L'UICN a convenu de revoir l'application de résolutions concernant les peuples autochtones adoptées lors du 4ème Congrès mondial de la nature (WCC4) tenu en 2008 à Barcelone, en Espagne, et d'en faire avancer la mise en œuvre. Ces résolutions, ainsi que le Plan d'action de Durban et le Programme de travail sur les aires protégées de la Convention des Nations Unies sur la diversité biologique (CDB), sont souvent appelés le « nouveau paradigme de la conservation ». Elles sont cruciales pour garantir que les pratiques de conservation respectent les droits des peuples autochtones et leur participation pleine et entière à l'élaboration des politiques et pratiques.  Malheureusement, l'application dans les faits de ces décisions en appui aux peuples autochtones a été très inégale.  Les informations recueillies dans le cadre des processus d'examen de l'UICN seront intégrées dans son Programme 2013-2016, qui doit être soumis à la discussion et adopté en septembre 2012 à Jeju, en République de Corée.