Polina Shulbaeva, Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North Bikin National Park, an area of 1,160,469 hectares in the Far East of the Russian Federation, is the largest protected virgin forest in Eurasia’s pre-temperate zone. The park was created in 2015[i] with objectives not only to preserve and restore the habitats of wild … Read more
Indigenous peoples’ protected and conserved areas: the pathway to Canada’s Target 1
IISAAK OLAM Foundation, Canada In Canada, through the Pathways Initiative, indigenous peoples and governments are taking leadership together to establish Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs). The Pathways Initiative is an initiative that recognises the integral role of Indigenous Peoples as leaders in conservation, and respects the rights, responsibilities and priorities of First Nations, Inuit … Read more
World heritage as a tool to heal Gunditjmara Country – Budj Bim Indigenous Protected Area, Australia
By Damein Bell, CEO, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation The importance of our traditional homelands is inherent to our belief, culture, practice and life. The Gunditjmara community in southwest Victoria, Australia, knows that our ancestors engineered water channels, making barriers with the lava flow and stones to farm kooyang (eels) and fish. This practice … Read more
The Ogiek’s experience with protected areas in Mount Elgon, Kenya: Ways towards rights-based conservation
The population of the Ogiek of Mount Elgon is about 18,000 and about 3,000 Ogiek still live on our ancestral lands in Chepkitale on Mount Elgon, which supports a rich variety of vegetation ranging from montane forest to high open moorland.