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Commitments made at COP13

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) is currently being held in Cancun, Mexico.

Commitments have been made at COP13 to support Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities’ (IPLCs) in their actions related to the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) Statement to the Press, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea

Press release from the press conference held by IIFB at the 12th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.The press release addresses an impasse that has emerged within the negotiations concerning the use of the terminology "Indigenous Peoples and local communities" to replace the current phrase "indigenous and local communities".IIFB Press Statement

Press Release: Wapichan people in Guyana showcase community proposal to save tropical forests on their traditional lands

PRESS INFORMATION

Georgetown, 7 February: The indigenous Wapichan people of Guyana, South America, will make public today a locally-made digital map of their traditional territory alongside a ground-breaking community proposal to care for 1.4 million ha of pristine rainforest for the benefit of their communities and the world. The territory’s rich variety of rainforests, mountains, wetlands, savannah grasslands and tropical woodlands are the homeland of 20 communities, who make a living from small-scale farming, hunting, fishing and gathering, which they have practised over the whole area for generations. The same area, located in the South Rupununi District, south-west Guyana, has an outstanding abundance of wildlife, including endangered species such as giant river otters, jaguars, and rare bush dogs as well as endemic species of fish and birds, like the Rio Branco Antbird.

The grassroots proposal comes at a crucial time because the entire Wapichan territory in Guyana, like many other parts of the Amazon basin and Guiana Shield, is threatened by mega road and dam projects as well as external plans for logging, mining and agribusiness development. In common with many indigenous peoples across Guyana and South America, the communities are vulnerable to land grabs and marginalisation because they lack secure legal title over much of their traditional lands.

Comunicado de prensa : El pueblo Wapichan en Guyana comparte su propuesta comunitaria para salvar los bosques tropicales en sus tierras tradicionales

INFORMACIÓN DE PRENSA

Georgetown, 7 de Febrero: en el día de hoy, el pueblo indígena Wapichan de Guyana, Suramérica, hará público un mapa digital de su territorio tradicional que ha sido recopilado por sus comunidades, junto con una innovadora propuesta para cuidar 1.4 millones de Ha de bosque tropical para el beneficio de sus comunidades y del mundo. La rica variedad de selvas pluviales, montañas, humedales, y pastizales de sabana mezclado con bosque seco que se encuentran en este territorio, son las tierras ancestrales de 20 comunidades que viven de la agricultura de pequeña escala, la caza, la pesca y la recolección, actividades que han realizado en toda la zona por generaciones. El mismo territorio, localizado en el Distrito Sur del Rupununi al suroeste de Guyana, tiene una abundancia excepcional de vida silvestre, incluyendo especies en peligro de extinción como las nutrias gigantes de río, los jaguares, y los perros de monte, así como especies endémicas de peces y aves, como por ejemplo el pájaro hormiguero del río Branco.

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.

Press release - Parties to the CBD must respect and promote customary sustainable use to achieve conservation of biological diversity

Bonn, Germany The findings of two new reports launched today at the Convention on Biological Diversity emphatically demonstrate that global biodiversity will continue to be lost if Protected Areas fail to recognise and respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. The research, conducted in the largest mangrove forest in the world, conversely shows that customary use is fully compatible with conservation and sustainability.

Pour conserver la diversité biologique, les parties à la CDB doivent respecter et promouvoir l'utilisation durable et coutumier - Communiqué de presse

Bonn, Allemagne Les résultats de deux nouveaux rapports lancés aujourd'hui à l'occasion de la conférence de la Convention sur la diversité biologique démontrent catégoriquement que la biodiversité mondiale continuera de diminuer si les aires protégées ne reconnaissent pas et ne respectent pas les droits des peuples autochtones et des communautés locales.

Boletín de Prensa - La Voz de los Pueblos Indígenas fue Censurada en Naciónes Unidas, Roma, 14 de febrero, 2008

Esta mañana en la capital italiana durante la segunda Reunión del Grupo especial de composición abierta sobre el programa de trabajo de Áreas Protegidas (APs) del Convenio sobre Diversidad Biológica (CDB), en las instalaciones de la FAO. Los representantes indígenas se retiraron del proceso del grupo de trabajo por protesta a la exclusión en el grupo de trabajo.