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methods to promote access [#361]
The recognition and respect of tenurial rights is arguably the most important method as it ensures secure and long-term access. In this respect, it may be worth pointing out that by land tenure here we mean lands, territories, waters and coastal seas (as well as ogher relevant parts of the seas); or should it be spelled out?

In order to maintain access to resources in the long term, we should also take into consideration the right of free, prior informed consent of indigenous peoples concerning activities proposed to take place on their lands, territories and resources.

Apart from methods to legally promote physical access to biological resources, other methods could include: support indigenous peoples and local communities to exercise their customary practices and laws, and to represent themselves through their own institutions.
posted on 2009-02-17 19:42 UTC by Dr Maurizio Ferrari, Forest Peoples Programme