Participatory Learning and Action Issue 65, June 2012
Edited by: Krystyna Swiderska (IIED), Kanchi Kohli (Kalpavriksh, India),
Harry Jonas and Holly Shrumm (Natural Justice), Wim Hiemstra, (COMPAS,
Netherlands), Maria Julia Oliva (Union for Ethical Biotrade) In recent years, community biocultural protocols and Free Prior Informed Consent have been recognised as important tools to help indigenous peoples and local communities to safeguard their rights to land and natural resources. But the practicalities of how to develop, use and support these tools have been less well understood.
By Michel Pimbert, IIED. Establishing inclusive governance of food systems — where farmers and other citizens play an active role in designing and implementing food and agricultural policies — is not just a matter of equity or social justice. Evidence shows that it can also lead to more sustainable livelihoods and environments.
Economic growth policies threats mountain ecosystems in South America: lessons for the endless growing world
The Center for the Advancement for the Steady State Economy (CASSE) was invited to participate in an event at the framework of the UNCSD Rio+20 Conference: the Global Mountain Pavilion. The event was organized by the government of Perú, where as representatives of CASSE we participate with the poster Economic growth policies threats mountain ecosystems in South America: lessons for the endless growing world, about mining effects in mountain areas with study cases from Brazil and Colombia. …
We were a relatively small group1 from the ICCA Consortium to attend Rio+20, this last June. We organized and held our events, met colleagues, discussed issues to the point of losing our voice, attended gathering, events and protest marches, did some strategic thinking and planning and went back home... all with hardly a glance at the gathering of the State parties that embarked on the long and painful effort you all know about, generally described as worthless by most of the reports and the media. …
Though Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) can be useful tools they often fail to protect biodiversity and indigenous people. This paper describes some of the reasons and suggests some solutions. The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) defines an environmental impact assessment as "the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social, and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made." http://www.iaia.org/ …
BOOK REVIEW: Collaborative Governance of Tropical Landscapes, Coral J. Pierce Colfer and Jean-Laurent Pfund, Eds, Earthscan, UK and USA, 2011, 285pp, ISBN : 978-1-84971-177-7, Price A$ 88.00 (Hard copy)
BOOK REVIEW: Forests and Climate Change: The Social Dimensions of REDD in Latin America. Hall, Anthony. 2012. Edgar Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham UK and Northampton MA, USA.
“Linking Poverty Alleviation to Ecosystem Service Payments in Asia Pacific: A Call to Action”. The Foundation for Development Cooperation produced the following Discussion Paper in March 2012 “Linking Poverty Alleviation to Ecosystem Service Payments in Asia Pacific: A Call to Action”. The Discussion Paper is co-authored by the Foundation for Development Cooperation and Conservation International. …
Over the past few years, so-called "land grabs" have become an increasingly hot topic. But reliable data has been hard to find. Now, an international coalition of NGOs and research groups has published the world's largest database of deals struck since 2000, offering unprecedented detail on who's investing, where and what for. …
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