IUCN Approves Sacred Natural Sites Motion
Sacred Land News, 28 September 2012

JEJU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA: Delegates attending the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea, voted overwhelmingly to approve a motion aimed at strengthening protection for sacred places. Titled “Support for custodian protocols and customary laws in the face of global threats and challenges,” the motion calls on IUCN state members to recognize the rights of indigenous peoples to practice their cultural traditions and customs; recognise their customary laws and cultural protocols for the governance of their sacred natural sites and territories; and develop policies, laws and programmes which respect and endorse these customary laws and associated institutions. It urges transnational and national companies from the extractive and energy industries, agriculture, forestry, infrastructure, tourism and other development sectors to respect and promote the implementation of UNDRIP; apply the CBD Akwé: Kon guidelines for the conduct of cultural, environmental and social impact assessments regarding developments proposed to take place on, or which are likely to impact on, sacred sites and on lands and waters traditionally occupied or used by indigenous and local communities; and prohibit activities that damage sacred natural sites. Read the press release … Download the motion [pdf] …