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The Whakatane Mechanism: Addressing equitable governance and management in protected areas

Forest Peoples Programme

Date and Time
9 October 2012 18:15 - 19:45

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

The Whakatane Mechanism aims to support conflict resolution in protected areas by ensuring that conservation practices respect the rights of indigenous peoples and promotes best practices in the implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas. Participants in the side event will hear about the outcome of two Whakatane Mechanism pilot projects that have been carried out since 2011 in two places: at Mount Elgon in Western Kenya and in Ob Luang National Park in northern Thailand. Each pilot Assessment has contributed to practical positive changes in the protected areas where they took place and were conducive to policy changes at the national level. As such, the Whakatane Mechanism contributes to the implementation and achievement of Aichi Target 11 by promoting and ensuring equitable governance and management of protected areas.