Thursday, February 3, 2011

[EmergingEthnoNetwork] Traditional Knowledge Bulletin

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Resources: UNESCO publications on cultural diversity and cultural policies in Africa

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 07:13 AM PST

Mapping Cultural Diversity – Good Practices from Around the Globe
German Commission for UNESCO, Asia-Europe Foundation (November 2010) | ISBN 978-3-940785-22-0

Developed as a contribution to the debate on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, this book includes examples of innovative and sustainable projects that are contributing to the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. They reflect the interplay of practice and policy in achieving the objectives of the Convention and highlight the role of culture as a key component of sustainable development. The projects included in the publication encompass various fields addressed in the Convention (such as the arts, media, creative industries, international cooperation, policy development, research and education) and at various levels (local, national, regional and international). The idea of mapping good practices on the diversity of cultural expressions is based on the observation that carefully documented case studies can not only provide inspiration for networking and collaboration but also aid planning and policy-making. Good practices are structured along the following chapters: policy measures, programmes and structures; protecting and promoting cultural expressions; international cooperation; capacity building; culture and development; and information sharing, exchange and analysis. Download the publication [pdf] …

Adapting the Wheel: Cultural Policies for Africa
Arterial Network (2010) | ISBN 978-0-9869896-1-2

This report includes a "Cultural Policy Template," that can be used by all African countries in adopting new cultural policies or amending existing ones. The template draws from the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the African Union's Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries, and the Recommendation on the Rights and Status of Artists. Indigenous knowledge is addressed in Chapter 7 on Heritage, aiming to promote and preserve indigenous knowledge systems within communities. Download the report [pdf] …

Meeting review: Harare training of trainers on the Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 07:10 AM PST

Strengthening national capacities for safeguarding ICH: training of trainers in Harare
24-28 January 2011 (Harare, Zimbabwe)

This meeting, organized by UNESCO, was co-hosted by Oral Traditional Association of Zimbabwe (OTAZI). It was the second in a series of workshops devoted to "training of trainers" in different regions from January to March 2011, as part of the development by UNESCO of a global network of experts well trained on their curricula and methods and UNESCO's global strategy of capacity building. Participating experts addressed issues related to: implementing the Convention at the national level; ratifying the Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage; community-based inventorying of intangible cultural heritage; and preparing nominations for the Urgent Safeguarding List. Visit the meeting's website, including background documents …

Meeting prep: UNPFII 10

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 07:07 AM PST

Tenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
16-27 May 2011 (UN Headquarters, New York)

The provisional agenda for the tenth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is available online. 2011 is a review year, and UNPFII 10 has no special theme. The session will follow-up to the UNPFII recommendations on economic and social development, the environment, and free, prior and informed consent; discuss UNDRIP implementation and hold a dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people; and hold a half-day discussion on Central and South America and the Caribbean. Online pre-registration is opening on Tuesday, 1 February 2011. Visit the meeting's webpage …

This week in review … UN Special Rapporteur says OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises should comply with UNDRIP

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 07:05 AM PST

Update of OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises should incorporate commitment to indigenous rights
UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples release, 25 January 2011

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises should advance compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Special Rapporteur stressed at a meeting with a working group of state delegates to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris on 25 January 2011. The working group is currently developing an updated version of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, which are intended to advance responsible business practices by companies from or operating in OECD member and other states accepting the Guidelines. The Special Rapporteur also called on the working group to consult directly with indigenous peoples on the update of the Guidelines, since indigenous peoples are directly affected by multinational enterprises, especially those seeking to extract the natural resources found within indigenous territories. Read the release … Further information on the update of the OECD Guidelines …

Meeting prep: IFIP's tenth annual conference

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 07:03 AM PST

Indigenous Peoples and Philanthropy: Strengthening Alliances for the Next Seven Generations
25-27 May 2011 (Oneida Turning Stone resort, Central New York, USA)

The tenth annual conference of the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), timed to coincide with UNPFII 10, will address: indigenous knowledge and technology: bridging science and tradition; resilience: climate change, resource management and indigenous practices for sustainability; and UNDRIP and indigenous movements. Session proposals should be submitted to evelyn(at) before 7 February 2011. Session proposals may be submitted by: individual donors whom have given $10,000 or more in grants to indigenous causes; individuals who work in IFIP member institutions; and international and regional grant-making organizations. Download the guidelines and call for session proposals form [doc] …

Resource: Book on mushrooms in forests and woodlands

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 07:00 AM PST

Mushrooms in Forests and Woodlands: Resource Management, Values and Local Livelihoods
Anthony B. Cunningham and Xuefei Yang (eds)
Earthscan (November 2010) | ISBN 9781849711395

Despite the economic, social and cultural values of fungi, there is a general lack of understanding of their importance to local livelihoods and forest ecology. This book aims to fill this gap; it demonstrates the crucial roles that fungi play in maintaining forest ecosystems and the livelihoods of rural people throughout the world while providing good practice guidelines for the sustainable management of this resource and an assessment of economic value. It brings together the perspectives of biologists, anthropologists and forest and woodland managers to provide an inter-disciplinary and international overview of the key issues. Chapters include, among others: a primer on ethnobiological methods for ethnomycological research: studying folk biological classification systems; ethnobiological methods for ethnomycological research: quantitative approaches; and mushrooms and their links to people's health and nutrition. Purchase the book from Earthscan …


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