Various groups and organizations, from the local to the global spheres, have attempted to shift legal frameworks, policies and practices towards conservation objectives factoring (human) rights considerations in their decision-making processes in order to promote biodiversity conservation and at the same time secure the rights of people. This has been referred to as rights-based approaches to conservation (RBAs). However, the implementation of RBAs remains slow to date, due to a lack of awareness of rights by different stakeholders and of efficient mechanisms for disseminating knowledge on the concept of RBAs. Private citizens and NGOs for example, are rarely aware of their rights within international fora to pursue environmental ends and challenge unsustainable development across the world. The purpose of this training is to share such knowledge with participants, thereby empowering them to take action.
During the 4th WCC, IUCN membership recognised a set of principles on rights and conservation (Resolution 4.056) which reflect an IUCN methodology, the step-wise approach, for implementing RBAs to conservation. The step-wise approach includes 6 steps to take: from the need to undertake a situation analysis, e.g. through innovative satellite mapping technology, to the need to provide fora for the effective enforcement of rights. This event will include trainings on each step of the step-wise approach, each session led by different IUCN constituents (e.g. CEL (Mr. Allen) will lead step 6 on the enforcement of rights). The trainings will provide examples of concrete tools which foster fair decision-making, recognize and respect rights, and empower stakeholders to conserve and sustainably manage and benefit from biodiversity. Building on the increasing work on rights within IUCN, e.g drafting of a policy on rights, and with the topic´s cross-cutting nature in mind, the event will bring together all IUCN constituents to share lessons from different regions of the world.