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Sustainable Rights of Indigenous People

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Indigenous peoples are often closely tied to their traditional or customary lands and the natural resources on these lands.  The strategies adopted by indigenous organizations around the world to defend their rights vary from all sorts of local organizing and protests and the issue of sustainable development is followed closely by indigenous peoples, their representatives and their organizations. Involvement of indigenous people and their communities at the individual and local levels in resource management and conservation strategies and other relevant programs help to support and review sustainable development strategies, such as those suggested in  People’s Agenda 21.


  • Rights of indigenous people and sustainability

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The ability of indigenous people to participate fully in sustainable development practices on their lands has tended to be limited as a result of factors of an economic, social and historical nature. In view of the interrelationship between the natural environment and its sustainable development and the cultural, social, economic and physical well-being of indigenous people, individual and local local efforts to implement environmentally sound and sustainable development can recognize, accommodate, demonstrate and help support the role of indigenous people and their communities.

Support your community in the process to empower indigenous people and their communities through measures that include

  • Recognition of their values, traditional knowledge and resource management practices with a view to demonstrating environmentally sound and sustainable development
  • Recognition that traditional and direct dependence on renewable resources and ecosystems, including sustainable harvesting, continues to be essential to the cultural, economic and physical well-being of indigenous people and their communities
  • Support for alternative environmentally sound means of production to support a range of choices on how to improve their quality of life so that they effectively participate in sustainable development
  • Enhancement of capacity-building for  indigenous people within your community, based on the adaptation and exchange of traditional experience, knowledge and resource-management practices, to support their sustainable development