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Conservation standards: from rights to responsibilities
Although conservation interventions aim to protect biological and cultural diversity, they can affect communities in a number of ways. The vast body of international law, norms and standards protecting human rights offers little rights-based, practical guidance for conservation initiatives. Focusing on indigenous peoples, this paper aims to provide a set of draft conservation standards that outline:
• how indigenous peoples’ rights are enshrined in
• how conservation interventions can infringe these rights
• the rights conservation actors need to be most aware of — and why — and
• conservation actors’ responsibilities in upholding these
The aim of this paper is to encourage discussion and collect feedback. We look forward to continuing to develop these conservation standards.
Despite increased recognition that conservation initiatives can violate the human rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, addressing 'unjust' conservation remains a contemporary problem. IIED and Natural Justice sought feedback on a series of papers that aimed to serve as a foundation for clear guidance about the human rights obligations of conservation actors, and specific details of the rights and forms of redress available.
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Human rights standards for conservation: rights, responsibilities and redress