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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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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

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