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Side Event #3106


Date Thursday
2019.11.21 @ 18:15
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Room Room A, 1st Floor
Capacity: 35 people
Conference WG8J-11 / SBSTTA-23
Eleventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Title Human rights for thriving Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities and healthy ecosystems in the post 2020 global biodiversity agenda
AIPP | ORG WAITING FOR APPROVAL | IDLO | Natural Justice | SwedBio at SRC | CBD |
Post 2020 Framework
Indigenous people and local communities
Aichi Biodiversity Targets


This side event will discuss how the combination of human rights and ecosystem-based approaches can provide a stronger basis to achieve better outcomes for biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. Concrete proposals on how these approaches can be the basis for the new Programme of Work on Article 8j and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be addressed. In particular, the side event will focus on the roles of Environmental Human Rights Defenders, rights of Indigenous Peoples to their land, territories and resources; and the positive synergies that can be achieved when Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities; and Conservation Organizations can join as strategic allies.

Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities are part of the constituency of change agents that need to be fully engaged in delivering the 2050 vision for biodiversity. In this respect, specific attention is needed to ensure the safety of Environmental Human Rights Defenders. Their actions for protecting the biodiversity on which they depend for their lives and livelihoods, and hold deep knowledge about, are critical to 'bend the curve' of biodiversity loss over the next 10 years. 

Rights-based and Ecosystem-based approaches also provide a foundation for transforming the conservation paradigm, and enabling local people and conservation organizations to be strategic allies, rather than be set in opposition to each other. Conservation agencies-whether government agencies, NGOs or their funders-and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities who depend on ecosystems for their lives and livelihoods share the common aim of safeguarding biological and cultural diversity for present and future generations. The CBD voluntary guidelines on safeguards in biodiversity financing mechanisms, which explicitly refer to human rights treaties, was adopted at COP12. While these approaches are used in an increasing number of conservation organization policies, much still remains to be done on the ground to fully respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and to support their collective actions contributing to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.  

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Global dialogue on human rights and biodiversity conservation

The Global Dialogue on Human Rights and Biodiversity Conservation was held on 20–23 November 2017 in Eldoret, Kenya. It was co-convened by SwedBio, Forest Peoples Programme and Natural Justice and hosted by the Chepkitale Indigenous Peoples’ Development Project (CIPDP), founded by the Ogiek Indigenous community of Mt Elgon, Kenya. The dialogue held the conviction that Indigenous and local people and conservation organisations can be strategic allies, mutually supporting one another for enhanced Human Rights promotion and biodiversity and ecosystems governance. The objectives of the dialogue were: firstly, to foster open and forward-looking discussions about actions to support the Ogiek and Sengwer Indigenous peoples of Kenya, in their struggle to keep living in and governing their ancestral lands, which are rich in biodiversity and form the base for their livelihoods; and secondly, to advance a larger process evaluating and improving existing approaches, tools and practices that emerged based on the conviction that human rights protection can and should be complementary to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystems.



Human right to a healthy environment for a thriving Earth

Handbook for weaving human rights, SDGs, and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework This handbook, discusses strategies on how to incorporate the human right to a clean and healthy environment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework with a focus on the Global South. The authors, from a number of institutions and countries, reveal innovative strategies being used at international, national and local levels to recognize and implement the right to a healthy environment. The global recognition of the human right to a healthy environment would be a significant step in empowering courageous environmental human rights defenders, women and men, youth and children, who are ready to stand-up for human rights and healthy ecosystems. Building on collective efforts, two complementary strategies are proposed to inform the post-2020 global biodiversity framework: (1) a right to a healthy environment as a stand-alone target, and (2) a rights-based approach incorporated across all targets.


human rights, biodiversity and human rights  

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