Call for Papers - Policy Matters: Issue 18

Call for Papers - POLICY MATTERS: ISSUE 18 “Rights-based Approaches to Conservation: Ensuring the Local Integrity of Environmental Law and Policy”

Guest Editors: Kabir Bavikatte, Harry Jonas, and Holly Shrumm (Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment)


International laws and policies such as the UNCBD International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and the UNFCCC Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD) have the potential to undermine, not uphold, the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to maintain their customary ways of life that contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Building on Policy Matters Issue 15 (“Conservation and Human Rights”), this issue will not only discuss recent developments in rights-based approaches to conservation, but will also push the rights-based discourse further by focusing on processes and innovations occurring around the world to ensure the local integrity of environmental law and policy.

Papers may discuss this theme within various contexts such as bio-cultural heritage, indigenous and community conserved areas, protected areas, marine, plant and animal genetic resources, desertification, climate change adaptation, ABS, and REDD. Please submit your contributions to Holly Shrumm ( by June 4, 2010. This issue will be launched at the UNCBD Conference of Parties in October.

If you wish to submit contributions to either of these editions, please contact the relevant guest editor or PM Issue 17 Guest Editor - PM Issue 18 Guest Editor - Holly Shrumm ( Contributions should be consistent with the Theme, include two to four (maximum) photos or maps that you have permission to use in a printed work, and be between 1500 - 3000 words. Contributions can also take the form of Book Reviews of publications relevant to the Theme.

  • Deadline for contributions to PM Issue 18 is 4 June 2010.

For copies of past editions of Policy Matters click here.

Work area: 
Social Policy
Go to top