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A/71/229: Conservation and indigenous peoples’ rights


21 July 2016

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Indigenous Peoples


In this report, the Special Rapporteur provides a thematic analysis of conservation measures and their impact on indigenous peoples’ rights. 

Protected areas have the potential of safeguarding the biodiversity for the benefit of all humanity; however, these have also been associated with human rights violations against indigenous peoples in many parts of the world. The complex violations that have been faced by indigenous peoples in the wake of evermore expanding protected areas have been raised by respective special rapporteurs during numerous country visits and communications to governments. 

The report charts legal developments and commitments and measures taken made to advance a human rights-based paradigm in conservation, while also identifying key remaining challenges. The report concludes with recommendations on how conservation, in policy and practice, can be developed in a manner which respects indigenous peoples’ rights and enhances sustainable conservation.

Issued By:

Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples

Delivered To:

GA at its 71st session