The 8th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will take place in Geneva from July 20 to July 24. It will focus on enhancing indigenous peoples’ human rights, incorporating them into Post-2015 Development Agenda, research work on indigenous peoples’ right to cultural heritage, and proposals for Human Rights Council to adopt.
The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the International Indigenous Forum (IIFB), Forest People Programme (FPP), Natural Justice (NJ), SwedBio, and Sotzil Association, hosted a training workshop on Community-based Monitoring, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use and Community Protocols, within the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, from 8 to 10 June in Panajachel, Guatemala. Day 1 of the workshop focused on Community Protocols under the Nagoya Protocol.
The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) hosted a dialogue workshop on Assessment of Collective Action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation and Resource Mobilization, in Panajachel, Guatemala, from 11-13 June 2015. Day 1 of the workshop delegates focused on sharing views on collective action and learning about the financial reporting under the CBD.
Day 2 of the Workshop on Community-based Monitoring, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use and Community Protocols, focused on Article 10(c) of the Convention on Biological Diversity that requires that: “Each Contracting Party shall, as far as possible and as appropriate protect and encourage customary use of biological resources in accordance with traditional cultural practices that are compatible with conservation or sustainable use requirements”. Delegates also learned about Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use including about community-based monitoring and information systems.