Examines how the legal and policy frameworks of four countries (India, Indonesia, Venezuela and Guyana) deal with indigenous peoples and the extent to which they offer scope for the exercise of the right to free, prior and informed consent
Third submission concerning the formal request to initiate an emergency/urgent action procedure to avoid immediate and irreparable harm. Comments on Suriname’s State Party Report (CERD/C/446/Add.1)
Article 10(c) of the CBD requires States to protect and encourage customary use of biological resources. This study of and by the indigenous Ye'kwana and Sanema peoples of the Upper Caura, Venezuela, demonstrates that their traditional practices are clearly ‘compatible with conservation and sustainable use’. Encouragingly, the legal framework for State compliance already exists and merely needs to be put into practice.