Co-convened with the Swift Foundation

Bringing the voices of indigenous peoples and
​​​​​​​local communities into global policy arenas

About The Webinar

International policies and laws on biodiversity conservation, access and benefit sharing, and related issues, provide principles and guidance, but the involvement of Indigenous peoples and local communities in their conceptualisation and development is often limited. This means that even well-intentioned global laws might not benefit these groups, and could even work against their interests.

A central principle to guide policy development is to allow space for locally-led governance and cultural systems to operate freely -  in ways that benefit Indigenous peoples and local communities and promote sustainability. This may well be the most effective approach to translate broad global ideals and principles into practice.

Indigenous peoples and local communities around the world have worked to do just this - with ABS and TK laws, UNDRIP, and other global measures. There is much that can be learned from their experiences.

​​​​​​​This webinar will explore examples from India, Peru (ABS, IK Law, and UNDRIP) and New Zealand/Aotearoa (TK law and UNDRIP), and will examine some of the challenges that emerge from the interface of the global and local in South Africa and elsewhere (World Heritage Convention and the CBD). It will also stimulate conversations about how the voices of Indigenous peoples and local communities can be more effectively conveyed to global policy arenas, and the relationship between customary and statutory approaches to biodiversity use and conservation.

The webinar will run for 1 hour 30 minutes, including an opportunity for questions and answers to the panel.

  • Graham Dutfield


  • Maui Solomon


  • Philile Mbatha


  • Alejandro Argumedo


  • Ashish Kothari


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