Two films on Biocultural Community Protocols

Biocultural Community Protocols: Articulating and Asserting Stewardship

Protocols developed by Indigenous peoples or mobile or local communities ("community protocols") are gaining recognition as a useful means by which a range of peoples and communities can engage with others according to their values, and on the basis of customary, national and international rights and responsibilities.

Along several cases and in interviews with communities concerned, experts and particitioners on the ground this video - produced by Natural Justice, a partner of the ABS Initiative - explains the community protocols. Why are  they so important to ensure justice for Indigenous and Local Communites? And what makes them so successful?

For the video please click  here.

Maldhari Biocultural Community -Protocol Photo Story

The Maldhari pastoralists live in the Banni grasslands of Kachchh, India. They have conserved and sustainably used the grassland ecosystem for centuries and have developed unique breeds of livestock that are well-adapted to the local conditions. Their cultural identity and livelihoods depend on continued access to and use of the Banni grasslands. They are using their biocultural community protocol as the basis for advocating for rights and responsibilities under a variety of customary, national, and international laws.

For the video please click  here.

For more information visit the  website of Natural Justice and a  website on Community Protocols they have published.

March 2014

10-14 MArch 2014, Cotonou, Benin

February 2014

Hosted by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Jamaica.

Organised by the...

December 2013

The Jamaica Observer and the German Embassy in Kingston reported on the 2nd Caribbean ABS Workshop,...

December 2013

11-14 December

Cape Town, South Africa