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Whakatane Assessments are moving ahead

The IUCN and CEESP, in partnership with indigenous peoples’ organisations (IPOs) and the Forest Peoples Programme,  will soon pilot rights-based assessments of protected areas called the “Whakatane Assessments”. The agreement between indigenous peoples’ representatives, chairs of IUCN Commissions, conservation organizations and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) that lead to the design of these assessments, as well as a number of other key decisions regarding indigenous peoples’ rights, was described in the last CEESP Newsletter. …  

04 Aug 2011 | News story
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How Do Community-based Legal Programs Work Understanding the Process and Benefits of a Pilot Program to Advance Women’s Property Rights in Uganda | Krista Jacobs, Meredith Saggers, Sophie Namy 2011

Women’s property rights, especially access to land, are increasingly recognized as critical to achieving poverty reduction and gender equality. Research shows that community-based legal aid programs are a viable approach to improving legal knowledge and women’s access to legal resources to address property issues. From 2009-2010, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) implemented and evaluated a pilot program to strengthen women’s property rights. …  

03 Aug 2011 | Article

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Update from the Theme on the Environment, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (TEMTI)

TEMTI Chair Alejandro Nadal provides an insight into TEMTI's approach to sustainability and economics. TEMTI is a working group of the Commission for Environmental, Economic and Social Policies (CEESP). Its core mandate is to provide practical and enabling information, as well as relevant policy options on issues lying at the intersection between economics and environmental and social sustainability. The objective is to enhance and maintain the capacity of CEESP’s members and of the entire Union to address matters related to economic issues and policies that affect sustainability at the local, national and international levels. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story
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Rethinking Macroeconomics for Sustainability by Alejandro Nadal

Rethinking Macroeconomics of Sustainability explores the relationship between macroeconomic policies and environmental sustainability, arguing that monetary and fiscal policies are as important for environmental stewardship as they are for growth and prosperity -- something that has not been adequately recognized this far. CEESP Steering Committee member Alejando Nadal's new publication has been receiving critical acclaim. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story

IUCN and Rio Tinto working together towards transformative change in the mining sector

In 2010, IUCN and Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining and mineral exploration companies, signed a three year collaborative agreement which aims to support Rio Tinto in making transformative progress towards sustainable development and environmental management.  The primary work stream is focused on collaborative agreement of standards and metrics for the independent and scientifically-credible assessment of Rio Tinto’s self-imposed target of having a Net Positive Impact (NPI) on biodiversity. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story
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The meeting gathered representatives from indigenous and conservation organizations members of IUCN, Secretariat staff and Commission members.

IUCN Members Meeting on Indigenous Peoples during UNPFII

In the context of the 10th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City, May 2011, an IUCN meeting was held with representatives from indigenous and conservation organizations members of IUCN, Secretariat staff and Commission members attending the Forum. This gathering was aimed at seeking ways and possibilities to strengthen the involvement of indigenous peoples' organizations in IUCN’s work and explore options for a better integration of indigenous peoples issues into the IUCN programme, with particular attention to the planning of the next quadriennial programme 2013-16.  Another topic of importance was the process towards the next IUCN Congress (WCC5) in 2012 in order to foster indigenous participation. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story
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Indigenous Peoples' Climate Change Assessment

Since 2009, the IPCCCA has grown into a global network of indigenous organizations and communities collaborating in order to build appropriate responses to the challenge of climate change. On the ground nine local biocultural assessments of climate conditions and trends are being undertaken using local frameworks and methods and are leading towards visioning for development of life plans for adaptation strategies, which will ensure Buen Vivir (well-being).   …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story

Members of the Potato Park washing Native Potatoes with the Mayor of Lima, Susanna Villaran

Potato Park and ANDES protest new GMO law in Peru

The Potato Park and the Asociación ANDES have taken a number of actions in Cusco and Lima to demonstrate their rejection of the new Supreme Decree 003 of the Ministry of Agriculture, which allows the entrance of GMOs into Peru. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story
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Call for nominations: IUCN Awards

The 3 awards will be presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea, 6-15 September 2012. The deadline for all nominations is 30 September 2011. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story

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Theme on Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities, Equity and Protected Areas Update

July 2011 | The main events of the last quarter for TILCEPA included pushing for greater attention to indigenous peoples’ rights and voice in relation to World Heritage Site nominations, a workshop on the Protected Areas toolkit, and a joint meeting of IUCN and the UN Convention on Climate Change. …  

03 Aug 2011 | News story


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