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: UN Racial Discrimination Committee recommends Suriname's urgent action to recognize and respect the land and resource rights of indigenous peoples and Maroons

The forested interior of Suriname is home to Amazonian Indians and so-called Maroons, descendants of escaped African slaves who recreated societies in Suriname’s hinterland in the 17th and 18th centuries. These peoples have long complained that they suffer persistent and pervasive racial discrimination that is particularly evident in the government’s failure to recognize their rights to their ancestral lands, which have instead been parcelled out to loggers, miners and as protected areas. Last week, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination agreed with them for a second time in a year.