The Living Convention on Biocultural Diversity
Harry Jonas, J. Eli Makagon and Holly Shrumm, Natural Justice, October 2012

The Living Convention on Biocultural Diversity: A Compendium of Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Rights Relevant to Maintaining the Integrity and Resilience of Territories and other Biocultural Systems contains a compilation of international legal provisions organized into categories of rights that support the stewards of biocultural diversity. It is intended to serve as a useful resource for Indigenous peoples, local communities, NGOs and others who want to reference and use international law at the national and local levels. It is divided into three parts: part I groups provisions from various international instruments under headings referring on specific rights; part II sets out the rationale and methodology of the research undertaken to develop the Compendium; and part III sets out a number of key questions raised by the Compendium concerning, for example, the utility of integrated rights approaches, how international law can be reformed, and how national governments can better uphold their international commitments. It then suggests initial activities that could further deepen the analysis and ways to address the current weaknesses in the development and implementation of international law so as to better support the integrity and resilience of biocultural diversity.

This is the first draft of the publication, and the authors welcome critical inputs. Read the release by Natural Justice … Download the publication [pdf] …