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NAILSMA takes a leadership role at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Sydney

  • Author:  NAILSMA
  • The IUCN World Parks Congress is a landmark global forum on protected areas held every ten years. As the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management, it sets the global agenda for the next decade.

    Since its first staging in 1962 in Seattle, USA, the World Parks Congress has substantially influenced the way in which the world has viewed systems of protected areas. The series of Congresses have influenced and tracked perspectives on the role of protected areas in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Each Congress has been vital to conservation policy worldwide, addressing global challenges and opportunities, establishing standards to ensure that protected areas are effective, and being a source of inspiration and innovation for the decade that follows.

    A strong core of leaders has been chosen for the main programme streams at the IUCN World Parks Congress, to be held in Sydney, Australia in November 2014. Held under the theme ‘Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions’, the Congress will help set the agenda for protected areas for the next ten years.

    The Congress and its eight streams will be vital in positioning parks and protected areas firmly within the broader goals of economic and community well-being. They will bring together business, youth, indigenous people and others from outside traditional conservation circles to work together on future conservation priorities and generate breakthrough solutions, commitment and action.

    NAILSMA has been selected along with the United Nations University (UNU), SOTZ’IL (Mesoamerica Indigenous Leaders Coalition) and the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) to lead Stream 7: Respecting Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Culture.

    This stream will focus on the role of traditional knowledge and practice, as well as cultural and spiritual values, in sustaining and enhancing resilience of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and the lands and seas they manage. It will also focus on new solutions and innovations arising from the use of traditional and local knowledge, as well as synergising different knowledge systems.

    The stream will engage members of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, governments, non-governmental and international organisations, researchers, and the private sector to collaborate in recognizing the role of local and Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge innovations and practices in the management of land and sea, including through protected areas, indigenous and community conserved areas, sacred natural sites and other area-based measures.

    At a landscape/seascape level, the stream will look at the management of cultural landscapes and their contribution to biodiversity conservation and livelihoods both within and beyond protected areas. Ultimately, the stream will seek to review achievements and build long-term partnerships that will demonstrate how cultural landscapes and traditional management systems contribute to the long-term well-being of communities around the world, as well as globally in the context of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, Millennium Development Goals and other international targets.

    NAILSMA’s participation will demonstrate to a global audience that Indigenous-created and led management programs in north Australia are scientifically and culturally robust and that investing and building Indigenous capacity to develop and implement protected areas, research and management initiatives based on local and traditional knowledge, will ensure effective social, economic and ecological outcomes.

    More information about The IUCN World Parks Congress

    View the press release announcing the Congress Streams