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Indigenous peoples urge action on biodiversity loss


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(Photo: Teanau Tuiono (Te Uriroroi, Ngati Hine) Tui Hoterene (Ngati Hine, Ngati Kikopiri) Julian Reweti (Te Orewai, Ngati Hine) @Cop11 Hyderabad, India.)

Biodiversity loss and inappropriate conservation practises dominated
the agenda of Indigenous Peoples who from all corners of the globe under the umbrella of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) converged on Hyderabad, India for the Convention on Biological Diversity – Conference of Parties meeting.

Signed by government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. The Convention recognises that biological diversity is about more than plants, animals and micro organisms and their ecosystems – it is about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live. The Earth’s biodiversity is essential to the survival of humanity. At the same time, the threat to species and ecosystems has never been so great as it is today. Species extinction caused by human activities continues at an alarming rate.

At this years conference these were concerns that were global to Indigenous peoples. Gam Shimray of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact reiterated this during the IIFB opening remarks, ”Five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly passed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which sets the minimum benchmarks for the recognition of Indigenous peoples and their effective participation in decision making processes.

We note with regret that most states in the implementation of decisions under the Convention on Biological Diversity have failed to mainstream the rights inherent in the declaration in their decisions relating to biodiversity in respect of conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use and equitable access and benefit sharing arrangements.”

These sentiments were echoed by Indigenous peoples representatives from Africa when Baba Festus, a San from the Kalahari, stated at a IIFB press conference that:

We have serious concerns about discussions relating to repatriation of traditional knowledge. We reiterate our position to the parties that no continued use of repatriated traditional knowledge should be allowed without the prior informed consent of the holders of the traditional knowledge and under mutually agreed terms.”

Tui Hoterene of Ngati Hine supported this and concluded “When there are opportunities to enhance the Convention within National and Local contexts States should welcome and support these opportunities. The Waitangi Tribunals’ WAI 262 report would inform and enhance its obligations under the Convention in particular environmental and conservation management issues in respect of hapu and iwi.

IIFB Closing Statement

IIFB Statement on Forest Biodiversity

IIFB Statement on Eco-Restoration

IIFB in India

IIFB Opening Statement

(1) Comment

  1. Hari Laxman

    If we wish to save Biodiversity of The Earth there is a way. “Ideal Globalization –The Solution for Sustainable Developments” (Worldwide Mails: 160031-160100) 15/4/10 To The President/The Secretary General/Members, UNO, IPCC, UNFCCC, CBD, UNDP, UNEP, WMO. & TO ALL WHOM SO EVER CONCERN. Sub: Consideration for The Agenda “Exploring further the goal of Globalization” I kindly request, the following to be mentioned in the agenda of next General Assembly Meeting, in the interest of the sustainability of the present and future would and just for the purpose of exploring further the goal of Globalization, which is prime aim of yours so far and also with that, to start healthy debates about various options to find the permanent solution of climate change and biological diversity losses. “The Agenda” 1) To clarify the present definition of the Globalization being applied and list out the matters/fields being covered under this definition. 2) To redefine the Globalization, both in its General and Ideal form, keeping our Individual, National and Common interest of planet earth if needed. 3) To clarify acceptation and continuation with the present idea of limited Globalization only or in future going to expand the Globalization as per its ideal definition supposed to be defined as per the above agenda. 4) To justify the reasons of resolving, either for limited or ideal form of Globalization. NOTE: (1) I believe the idea of Globalization, so far being applied by you is UNDEFINED. (2) Anything needs to be defined first, to understand, visualize and implement in its most effective ways. Thanks with Regards. “Hari Laxman” “Shriji Aptt, LM Road, Navagoan, Dahisar-W, Mumbai-68” The following is for further information please. “THE SOLUTION” FOR “SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT” “THE IDEAL GLOBALIZATION” “The United World” ‘The UNI-RULED WORLD” "The NEW KIND OF CIVILIZATION" “The NEW SUBJECT” “Test Subject Testify Root Freedom” “Effectively Argue Ever in principle” “Such Subject Address Whom So Ever Concern” “Real Solution Purpose Response No One Concern” “Kept Subject Deep Silent Beyond Imagine” “Allow Talk Write Deny Debate Develop” “Just Not Reach Anyhow Century One Next” “But Specific CERN Centuries Infinite Next” “Problems of-PRESENT WORLD” “Problems of-FUTURE WORLD” “Sustainable Economical Ecological Development” “Security Mind Any Kinds” “Climate Change Biodiversity Loss” “Terrorism Trade Currency War” “Nuclear Proliferation Population Explosion” “Migration Indigenous Malnutrition Poverty” “Boundary Natural Resources Forest” “Pollution Water Energy Employment” “Human Women 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