Conservation and Human Rights: The Need for International Standards

Dilys Roe, Gonzalo Oviedo, Luis Pabon, Michael Painter, Kent Redford, Linda Siegele, Jenny Springer, David Thomas and Kristen Walker Painemilla
Created: 4/30/2010 -


Conservation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. In recent years, awareness has grown of the relationship of international conservation practice to indigenous peoples and local communities, and especially the links between conservation and human rights. The impacts protected areas can have on rural communities – such as evictions and lost access to natural resources – are now under particular scrutiny. Concern is meanwhile rising over the human rights implications of some climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. But awareness is also growing of the positive contributions of nature conservation to the rights of people to secure their livelihoods, enjoy healthy and productive environments, and live with dignity. International NGOs can play a central role in supporting and promoting conservation actions that respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, and help sustain their livelihoods. Many conservation organisations have long worked towards this. It is vital that they hold to consistent principles and implement measures that ensure their application, so their action on conservation remains accountable, transparent and sustainable.

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Sector Addressed
Climate Justice
Conservation / Restoration
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Governance and Policy
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Culture / communities
Sociopolitical Setting