World Heritage and Indigenous People
UNESCO, World Heritage no. 62, 2012

This issue focuses on indigenous peoples, who have an intimate and powerful connection to the lands on which they live and their cultural identity shapes, and is in turn shaped by, their natural environment. The rich cultures and traditional practices of indigenous peoples and the issues they face in today’s world relate to many spheres, including economic development, the environment and human rights. This issue focuses among other peoples on the Saami of the Laponian Area (Sweden), and the Nama of Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape (South Africa), who continue their semi-nomadic pastoral livelihoods based on seasonal displacements of their herds. The lead article by Tumu te Heuheu, Paramount Chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa Māori Tribe (New Zealand), former Chair of the World Heritage Committee, and Richard Tuheiava, member of the Senate of France, representing French Polynesia, dwells on the key issues and challenges relating to indigenous peoples and World Heritage and also provides useful information on policy matters. Further information … View the issue …