This workshop will investigate responsibility as a means of environmental governance and as an approach to resolve conflict over access to resources.
We will build on the principles of the Earth Charter to focus on an ethics of Responsibility for stewardship of biophysical ecosystems and climate futures. The workshop will give the opportunity to create pathways to bring indigenous knowledge to the tables of decision-making and to the global quest for paradigmatic change. Consideration will be given to responsibility and obligation as relational and collective dimensions of resilience through duties of care and environmental trusteeship. Responsibility is elaborated as imperative to resilience. Themes in support of resilience include restoring human interdependence with nature and collective accountabilities for the use and management of nature´s resources.
Development of policy derived from principles of responsibility include protocols for collective decision-making to ensure respect for different knowledge systems, such as indigenous knowledge, and the challenges of working across sectors to achieve integration. Case studies for these principles from Aotearoa New Zealand include from a wetland project in Taupo and the NZ Land and Water forum.
While Human Rights, and the concept of earth rights include an imperative of responsibility, there is often a hiatus in implementation, and conflict over access to resources. Responsibility, with development of policy and law, is proposed to chart a course for the 'long journey' of accountability and responsiveness.
This approach of responsibility is drawn from a global initiative for a Charter for Human Responsibility and the Earth Charter. Workshop leaders are from Aotearoa-New Zealand, and include Maori. References to Maori and Pacific indigenous case studies of responsibility for water ecosystems will draw on traditions of obligation and the world view of a woven universe.