WIN delegates were invited to participate in the IUCN World Parks Congress held in Sydney, Australia, from 12 November to 19 November 2014. In addition to attending the conference, delegates were invited to attend a pre-conference workshop held in the Blue Mountains from 9 – 11 November. Follow the links below for individual coverage of activities at the Blue Mountains workshop and community dialogues held in the WIN & Pacific Pavilion at the World Parks Congress.
Managers of Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCA) from all over the world came together to share experiences in the “Gathering in the Gully”, held in the Blue Mountains close to Sydney from 9 to 11 November 2014.
Participants discussed in groups how to improve knowledge exchanges between communities at regional and national scales. Among the 25 participants in attendance were delegates from Brazil, Kenya, India, Gambia, and Australia, with members from The Nature Conservancy and the Kimberley Land Council.
The session was a preparation meeting for local and indigenous community representatives to ensure maximum success of their participation in the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. Representatives of 70 indigenous and local communities from around the world were present.
Alejandra Pero, WIN Coordinator and Ruci Botei from IUCN Oceania, welcomed attendees to the opening of the WIN & Pacific Community Dialogue Pavilion. Mikaela Jade from Paramodic based in Australia, commenced the opening by paying respect to the traditional owners of the land.
The intention of the dialogue was to discuss i-tracking as a community empowerment tool. Speakers and participants addressed how tracking is used for community mapping, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable environmental management.
This dialogue explored community experiences in managing protected areas. The attendance of 120 people was a testimony to the relevance of the topic.
The North Kimberley Fire Abatement Project spoke about their use of traditional knowledge and modern scientific practices to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere from unmanaged fires. They also talked about the corporate partnership between Qantas Airlines and the KLC to support indigenous economic development in the area.
Biocultural heritage territories are land use mosaics, encompassing indigenous and traditional land tenure, production and exchange systems, cultural identity and community organization. They promote local sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. Moderated by Terence Hay-Edie, from the GEF Small Grants Programme and Project Manager of the Global ICCA Support Initiative at UNDP, the panel reflected on experiences in Peru, China, and India. The event was co-hosted by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
The intention of this session was to provide and overview of the main outcomes of three recent UN international conferences and the impact they have for indigenous peoples and local communities at global policy level.
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.
Given that many communities are on the frontlines of engagement with extractive industries in their territories, the intention of the roundtable was to explore how indigenous and local communities have negotiated with big industries to safeguard their rights, sacred sites, and protect their environmental resources.
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.
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.
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.
The intention of the session was to provide and 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.
The UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre hosted a book launch of Engaging Local Communities in Stewardship of World Heritage: A methodology based on the COMPACT experience.