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Using Biocultural Community Protocols to Implement MEAs and UNDRIP at the Local Level for Sustainable Development

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Workshop report from the ISE (International Society of Ethnobiology) Global Coalition for Biocultural Diversity Congress, 24th May 2012, Montpellier, France.

Organised by IIED, Asociacion ANDES and Natural Justice

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) requires countries to “endeavour to support” the development of community protocols for ABS by indigenous and local communities (art 12). This informal dialogue on community protocols brought together representatives from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the African Group, indigenous organisations, NGOs, researchers and donors. It explored the role of community protocols in implementing Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), indigenous peoples’ rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and sustainable development. It sought to improve understanding and dialogue amongst the different actors, to identify ways to strengthen support for community protocols as a way to revitalise the implementation of MEAs at local level, and share practical lessons for their development and use.

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