Thursday, December 2, 2010

[EmergingEthnoNetwork] Traditional Knowledge Bulletin

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This week in review … FAO launches policy for engaging with indigenous peoples

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 11:45 PM PST

FAO backs indigenous people – New policy to address indigenous communities in agency's work
FAO press release, 26 November 2010

ROME, ITALY: The FAO Policy on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples aims to provide guidance to FAO's various technical units and encourage staff in headquarters and in the regions to engage more systematically and responsibly with indigenous peoples and their organizations. This will help facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas ranging from land tenure issues, sustainable management of natural resources to conservation of traditional knowledge and diversity of traditional food systems for the benefit of rural communities and indigenous peoples. The policy paper gives information about indigenous peoples' livelihoods, world views and concerns about development, including certain "core principles" which should be at the heart of joint activities. It also defines a series of thematic areas where collaborative opportunities are most feasible. At the same time, a number of mechanisms are suggested to allow cooperation with indigenous peoples move forward in a more systematic way. The policy is motivated by the fact that indigenous communities make up a substantial portion of the world's food insecure, that respect for indigenous knowledge, cultures and traditional practices contributes to sustainable and equitable development and by recognition of the benefits that arise from closer collaboration. At the same time, it responds to the explicit request made by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), by other UN agencies and by indigenous peoples themselves to develop a framework for ensuring that the needs and concerns of indigenous peoples are effectively considered. Read the press release … Download the FAO Policy on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples [pdf] …

Meeting prep: WIPO ICG 17

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 11:40 PM PST

WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore: Seventeenth session
6-10 December 2010 (Geneva, Switzerland)

The Committee will continue its work in the framework of its mandate to undertake text-based negotiations with the objective of reaching agreement on a text of an international legal instrument (or instruments) to ensure the effective protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions The Committee will address: revised objectives and principles on the protection of traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore; revised objectives and principles on the protection of traditional knowledge; a revised list of options on genetic resources; and draft articles on the protection of traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore prepared at the first intersessional working group. The meeting will be preceded by a panel of indigenous and local communities, including presentations on communities' experiences and concerns in relation to traditional cultural expressions, traditional knowledge and genetic resources, to be held on 5 December 2010. Visit the meeting website, including links to meeting documents …

This week in review … CBD Secretariat seeks contributions on Article 8(j) work programme

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 11:38 PM PST

Programme of Work on Article 8(j) and related provisions: request for contributions from Parties and stakeholders
CBD notification, 24 November 2010

MONTREAL, CANADA: In Decision X/43 and related Decisions X/40 and X/41, the COP made a number of decisions regarding the work programme on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge), including specific requests for input from Parties, indigenous and local communities, NGOs and other relevant organizations. Among them:

  • Parties designating national focal points for Article 8(j) are invited to provide the contact information to the Secretariat;
  • Parties, indigenous and local communities and others are requested to submit information regarding elements of sui generis systems relevant to TK protection they have adopted, as well as national and regional measures regarding TK protection, and case-studies on the interaction of statutory and customary laws;
  • Parties are requested to provide information on the implementation of the Article 8(j) work programme, including on participation of indigenous and local communities;
  • Parties, indigenous and local communities and others are requested to submit information on national approaches to facilitate tasks 7 (benefit-sharing), 10 (standards and guidelines for the reporting and prevention of unlawful appropriation of traditional knowledge) and 12 (guidelines for the development of legislation on Article 8(j) implementation) of the work programme;
  • Parties and relevant organizations are requested to submit information on national and international approaches relevant to task 15 of the work programme (repatriation of information);
  • Parties, indigenous and local communities and others are invited to submit information on the implementation of CBD Article 10 with a focus on Article 10(c) (customary sustainable use);
  • With regard to the in-depth dialogue on ecosystem management, ecosystem services and protected areas to be held in the framework of the seventh meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j), Parties, indigenous and local communities and others are requested to submit information on the theme of the dialogue; and
  • Parties, indigenous and local communities and others are requested to submit their views on the development of indicators on secure land tenure.
  • Contributions should be submitted to the CBD Secretariat by 1 April 2011. Download the notification [pdf] …

    Meeting review: Indigenous biocultural territories as agrobiodiversity conservation areas

    Posted: 30 Nov 2010 11:30 PM PST

    South-to-South Exchange: design, planning and implementation of indigenous biocultural territories as agrobiodiversity conservation areas
    12-23 November 2010 (Potato Park, Cusco, Peru)

    This workshop was organized by the Association ANDES and the Association of Communities of the Potato Park within the framework of the CBD multi-year plan of action for South-South cooperation on biodiversity for development. The workshop brought together indigenous peoples from different geographical and biocultural regions of the world, and the methodology was designed to facilitate cross-cultural learning, using the Potato Park as a model of a biocultural territory for agrobiodiversity conservation centered on the potato. The course integrated both academic and field sessions, looking into topics including: biocultural systems; the Indigenous Biocultural Territory model and agrobiodiversity conservation; customary laws and governance of agrobiodiversity conservation areas; repatriation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture; agrobiodiversity and climate change; conservation of crop wild relatives; solidarity and creative economy; community-based agroecotourism; indigenous knowledge; access to genetic resources and intellectual property; local, national and international legal frameworks for agrobiodiversity conservation and sustainable use; and local implementation of UNDRIP, the CBD and the ITPGR. Visit the workshop's website …

    This week in review … CNN reports on the Satoyama Initiative

    Posted: 30 Nov 2010 11:27 PM PST

    Japan spreads the satoyama message
    CNN, 29 November 2010

    LONDON, UK: The Satoyama Initiative has been set up by Japan's Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies in an attempt to promote traditional Japanese land conservation around the world. The Satoyama Initiative advocates a vision of "sustainable rural societies in harmony with nature," and took its name from the Japanese word for the landscapes located between villages (sato) and the mountains (yama) which have for centuries fostered rich biodiversity thanks to continued human management of the land. The Satoyama Initiative received a boost at the recent CBD talks in Nagoya, Japan where it was officially recognized as "a potentially useful tool to better understand and support human-influenced natural environments for the benefit of biodiversity and human well-being." "The Satoyama Initiative and the satoyama landscapes … is a way to recognize traditional knowledge of people who are actually doing the management of biodiversity on a day to day basis," said IUCN's Josephine Langley. Read the article …

    Resource: Article on indigenous struggles, environmental justice and community capabilities

    Posted: 30 Nov 2010 11:24 PM PST

    Indigenous Struggles, Environmental Justice, and Community Capabilities
    David Schlosberg, David Carruthers, Global Environmental Politics vol. 10 no. 4 (November 2010)

    Environmental justice is often defined in terms of the distribution (or maldistribution) of environmental goods and bads. Activists and scholars have also focused on issues of cultural recognition and political participation. Positing a capabilities-based conception of environmental justice, this article argues that the environmental justice struggles of indigenous peoples reveal a broad, integrated, and pluralistic discourse of justice – one that can incorporate a range of demands for equity, recognition, participation, and other capabilities into a concern for the basic functioning of nature, culture, and communities. The authors focus on the ways these movements conceptualize and articulate justice. They first examine various discourses of justice that have emerged from, and been employed by, activists in the US movement for environmental justice. Next, they examine a capabilities-based approach to justice and explore how it addresses communities. They then offer two emblematic indigenous battles from North and South America to illustrate the elements of justice articulated by the groups involved. One case from northern Arizona and another from southern Chile show how indigenous environmental justice claims are embedded in broader struggles to preserve identity, community, and traditional ways of life. These studies confirm that indigenous demands for environmental justice go beyond distributional equity to emphasize the defense and very functioning of indigenous communities – their ability to continue and reproduce the traditions, practices, cosmologies, and the relationships with nature that tie native peoples to their ancestral lands. Read the abstract … Download the article [pdf] …


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