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Whakatane Mechanism workshop invitation and draft Framework

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Whakatane Mechanism workshop invitation and draft Framework open for feedback by IUCN members

The Whakatane Mechanism, an IUCN “One Programme” initiative in which FPP is deeply involved, aims to ensure that conservation policy and practice respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. The Mechanism includes undertaking a fieldwork assessment in a protected area by a multi-stakeholder taskforce. This taskforce provides recommendations to address human rights violations and facilitates a dialogue in order to reach joint solutions to be put in place by the various parties involved. The Mechanism also celebrates and promotes best practices in conservation and successful partnerships between indigenous peoples, local communities and protected areas authorities.

You can find more information about the Whakatane Mechanism on the website:

Invitation to the Whakatane Mechanism workshop - 10 September 2012, IUCN WCC5, Jeju, South Korea

The workshop 'The Whakatane Mechanism: A multi-stakeholder approach to solving human rights conflicts in protected areas' will be held at the IUCN World Conservation Congress on 10 September 2012 from 7pm to 9pm (in Room 202 of the Jeju International Convention Centre). This event will be held in English and is open to the public. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Refreshments will be provided. Click here to download your invitation to the workshop.

Draft Framework for the Whakatane Mechanism open for feedback by IUCN members

A draft Framework for the Whakatane Mechanism has been developed jointly by the IUCN secretariat, IUCN-CEESP, IUCN-SPICEH and FPP with feedback by many others and based on the experience of the two pilot Assessments in Thailand and Kenya. The aim is to circulate it within IUCN for wider feedback in order to agree on a final Framework by the end of the World Conservation Congress in Jeju. The draft Framework (available here) includes suggestions in track changes to facilitate a final agreement at WCC5. If you are an IUCN Member and you'd like to provide feedback, please send comments or text suggestions in track changes to by 30 August. The details of the functioning of the Mechanism start on page 10. We look forward to receiving your input and ideas.

Best regards,
Forest Peoples Programme


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