World Conservation Congress on endangered species

Use indigenous and community conserved areas to save nature

“With exciting new developments in conservation, the concept of Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas came out loud and clear at an alliance workshop at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona.

Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas are natural sites conserved in voluntary ways by indigenous peoples and local communities throughout the world. This conservation practice, which is strongly linked to local livelihoods and the spiritual and material values of local cultures, is the oldest on Earth.

Ashish Kothari, Co-Chair of the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities, Equity and Protected Areas, said that such areas are not necessarily ‘protected areas’ in official terms.

“The working group and partners have been implementing initiatives to increase knowledge about these protected areas, including regional reviews, national surveys of policy and legislation and in-depth case studies,” said Ashish Kothari. “We hope they will help build a better understanding about indigenous and community conserved areas.”

http://www.iucn.org/news_events/events/congress/live/news/index.cfm?uNewsID=1723

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