The fourteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in UN Headquarters, New York from 20 April to 1 May 2015
The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.
WIN co-hosted a pavilion with IUCN Oceania at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney November 12 – 19. The pavilion included a week long program of expert led sessions, panel discussions, workshops and trainings, book launches, movie screenings, and more.
The UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre launched the book “Engaging Local Communities in Stewardship of World Heritage: A methodology based on the COMPACT experience”
The intention of the session was to provide an overview of the main outcomes of a pre-Congress workshop organized by the ICCA Consortium; WIN; the Kimberley Land Council, the GEF SGP and other partners.
This dialogue explored the relevance of the recent enactment of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) for local communities and indigenous peoples.
A group of 30 participants met to better understand the range of definitions and key aspects of “resilience” at the community level. The interactive workshop was co-organized by UNDP and the Stockholm Resilience Center, and facilitated by Million Belay from MELCA, Ethiopia.
The session reflected on the progress made with the Durban Conservation Initiative on Human Rights, launched at the last World Parks Congress in 2003. The partners to this initiative have published a white paper to reflect on developments since the Initiative’s inception.
The intention of the session was to introduce the Voluntary Guidelines (both their content and process for endorsement), and raise awareness of the Small Scale Fisheries Guidelines, a complementary tool endorsed in 2014. The session focused on the potential impact the implementation of the VGs has on the ground for local and indigenous peoples’ communities.
Mikaela Jade of Paramodic encouraged the audience to try to understand what types of data are being collected, by whom, and how indigenous peoples and local communities can retain ownership over the data collected.