Using Biocultural Community Protocols to Implement MEAs and UNDRIP at the Local Level for Sustainable Development
Krystyna Swiderska, IIED, June 2012

This workshop report from the ISE (International Society of Ethnobiology) Global Coalition for Biocultural Diversity Congress (24th May 2012, Montpellier, France) focuses in particular to the CBD and its Nagoya Protocol on ABS. This informal dialogue on community protocols brought together representatives from the CBD Secretariat, the African Group, indigenous organisations, NGOs, researchers and donors. It explored the role of community protocols in implementing Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), indigenous peoples’ rights, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and sustainable development. On the basis that the Nagoya Protocol, in Article 12, requires countries to “endeavour to support” the development of community protocols for ABS by indigenous and local communities, the workshop sought to improve understanding and dialogue amongst the different actors, to identify ways to strengthen support for community protocols as a way to revitalise the implementation of MEAs at local level, and share practical lessons for their development and use. Download the report [pdf] …