Celebrating Human Rights Day with reflections on conflict sensitive conservation
As we mark the 74th anniversary of the United Nations adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Conservation International affirms its commitment to partner with Indigenous peoples and local communities to ensure their rights — including to food and water, a healthy environment, and participation in decisions that affect their lives. By partnering with communities and amplifying Indigenous voices, we deliver conservation outcomes that are underpinned by the recognition and respect for human rights.
We recognize that conflict is an inherent part of conservation, and CI is committed to actively discussing, managing and proactively addressing conflict and promoting peace. Sometimes, conflict is the manifestation of unequal power dynamics and ineffective or unjust mechanisms for addressing issues; if managed appropriately, conflict has the potential to be transformational and can support our goals of strengthened partnerships and better outcomes for nature and people. Consistent with our rights-based approach, we encourage best practices in environmental peacebuilding, which promotes good governance and allows for participation of all.
Our new resource, Conflict Sensitivity and Environmental Peacebuilding: Lessons Learned From CI, we highlight accomplishments, case studies and operational and programmatic insights from our work over the past 10 years. These lessons are helping to shift our work to be more self-aware, inclusive and participatory, reflecting good governance and other rights-based approach principles.