Human rights-based approach to safeguard biodiversity and livelihoods

The Focali – SIANI Dialogue Forum, in collaboration with Sida, Swedbio, The Tenure Facility and GGBC, will arrange a global online exchange on translating a Human rights-based approach (HRBA), for biodiversity and livelihoods, into policy and practice.

With the ongoing intertwined biodiversity, climate, inequality, and food insecurity crises in focus, this exchange aims to bridge knowledge communities, policy and practice actors with a focus on human rights and biodiversity protection. The exchange will explore how a human rights-based approach can be “translated” into development cooperation, biodiversity policy, as the ongoing CBD negotiations, and into different local contexts across regions.

Via “bottom-up learning” cases, shared by representatives of Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) and associated local partners, the exchange will further provide an opportunity for policymakers, program officers and negotiators to contextualize challenges and ways forward in safeguarding biodiversity, people’s lives and livelihoods. This will include the key roles that IPLCs and environmental human rights defenders play and the risks if their participation and rights are not sufficiently included in policy and implementation of conservation programmes.

Translation from English to several languages will be available and the event will be recorded. Register to the dialogue here. Further details of the programme will open soon on this event page.  Registration is required to attend.

Contact: for questions or suggestions of speakers and participants.

Questions that will be addressed in the exchange:

1) What is a HRBA and how does it support the safeguarding of biodiversity, sustainable use and livelihoods?

2) What are the key roles of IPLCs and environmental human rights defenders in tackling biodiversity loss? What are the risks if IPLCs, their participation, rights and tenure is not sufficiently included in policy and implementation of conservation programs?

3) How can a human rights-based approach be translated into local contexts to global and vice-versa? How can HRBA and biodiversity be implemented into practice and policy at different levels?

Confirmed speakers:

  • David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment and Associate professor of law, policy, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia (pre-recorded video)
  • Soo Young, Legal officer with UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Janine Alm Ericson, State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Per Olsson Fridh, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA)
  • Anna Bolin, Programme Manager, Climate and natural resources, The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
  • Joan Carling, Global Director, The Indigenous Peoples Rights International (IPRI) (pre-recorded video)
  • José Gualinga, leader of the Native People of Sarayaku, an indigenous Kichwa group in Ecuador’s southern Amazon
  • Sápmi representative (speaker tba)
  • Juana Esquivel, Honduran defender of human rights, and our natural and common resources, Founding partner and current director of the San Alonso Rodríguez Foundation, Partner organization to We-Effect
  • Milka Chepkorir, Coordinator, Defending Territories of Life – ICCA Consortium and member of the Sengwer Indigenous Peoples of Cherang’any Hills, Kenya
  • Claudia Ituarte-Lima, International public lawyer and Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, affiliated with Stockholm University and the University of British Columbia.

 Time: 1st December 2021 at 13:00 to 15:15

Venue: Online


Register here!



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