The International Union for the Conservation of Nature is advancing the implementation of the ‘new conservation paradigm’ that focuses on the rights of Indigenous peoples
Indigenous peoples’ representatives met with Chairs of Commissions of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other conservation organizations in Whakatane, New Zealand, on January 13th, 2011. IUCN agreed to review the implementation of resolutions related to Indigenous peoples taken at the 4th World Conservation Congress (WCC4) in 2008, in Barcelona, Spain, and to advance their implementation.
These resolutions, along with the Durban Action Plan and the Programme of Work on Protected Areas of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), are often termed as the “new conservation paradigm”. They are crucial for ensuring that conservation practices respect the rights of Indigenous peoples and gain their full and effective participation in policy and practice.