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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
international law
• 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.

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  • IIED code: 14666IIED
  • Published: Aug 2016 - IIED
  • Theme: Biodiversity
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-374-6
  • Language: English

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A problem faced by conservation actors trying to understand the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities is that they are enshrined in a wide range of international instruments. This paper identifies the relevant body of human rights law, CBD decisions, and IUCN resolutions and recommendations that contain provisions relevant to upholding the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in a conservation context.

More at www.iied.org:
Human Rights Standards for Conservation (Part II)

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