Story | 05 Nov, 2008

Indigenous and traditional peoples and protected areas : principles, guidelines and case studies

Beltrán, Javier, ed. IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas ; Cardiff University, Dept. of City and Regional Planning Best Practice Guidelines Nº 4

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It is sometimes assumed that protected areas must be in conflict with the rights and traditions of indigenous and other traditional peoples on their domains. In reality, where indigenous peoples are interested in the conservation and traditional use of their lands, waters, territories and the natural and cultural resources that they contain, conflicts need not arise. Formal protected areas can provide a means to recognise and guarantee the efforts of many communities who have long protected certain areas, such as sacred groves and mountains. This publication provides a framework for developing partnerships between indigenous and other traditional peoples and protected area managers. It contains a number of case studies giving examples from different parts of the world on successful experiences on the application of these principles