Social equity

Who decides?  Building Alliances for Environmental Governance in Asia

Who decides how resources are used? In the face of a growing population and rapid economic development, deciding how to address competing demands over natural resources for food, energy, water and other life sustaining values is becoming increasingly complex, especially in trans-boundary contexts.

Living Labs for Climate Change Dialogue

In this session we want to convene a group interested in establishing a network of Living Labs for Climate Change in order to promote cooperation among indigenous and traditional communities and mobilize the tools and support such a network. Please read on and if the idea of being involved in the development of a proposal to implement a network of Living Labs of Climate Change interests you or your organization please join us for a dialogue on moving a proposal forward.

Is REDD+ an opportunity for or a constraint for economic development in Central Africa?

REDD+ is a global phenomenon seeking to achieve reconciliation between economic growth and forest conservation and coincides with the ascendancy of devolved natural resources management policies, and creates opportunities for communities to be included in new, equitable and pro-poor approaches.

Models for Funder-Community Relationships: Grassroots-Led Conservation Strategies

Local communities are on the front lines of conserving the world’s resources. Meanwhile, they have little to no access to the financial resources they need to successfully defend and manage their natural environments. Experienced practitioners of the Greengrants Alliance Funds such as Samdhana Institute and the Center for Socio-Environmental Fund CASA will share successful, locally-based ecological and social justice support funds that effectively channel appropriate resources directly to local conservation leaders.

Key questions include:

Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples and a New Role for Conservation Organizations in Nature´s Governance

A key theme of the Congress is a Blueprint for Action in which participants are being asked to “put aside differences and work together to provide the means and mechanisms for good environmental governance, engaging all parts of society to share both responsibilities and the benefits of conservation.” Through this high-level dialogue, sponsored by the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights (CIHR), we will bring together Indigenous leaders, the senior leadership of international conservation organizations that are members of the CIHR, and leaders from the human rights and sustainable development fields to build a shared understanding of how human and Indigenous rights, equity and good governance underpin effective conservation, and how diverse constituencies can work together towards common goals for sharing nature’s benefits fairly and equitably.

The way forward after Rio+20 - Greening the economy through collective action for sustainability

The event will provide a platform for participants to discuss solutions to interlinked challenges such as poverty eradication, social development and ecological sustainability by exploring the importance of valuing and safeguarding ecosystems including biodiversity and the goods and services these provide as the bases for economic activity and the livelihoods on which many people depend. Discussions will revolve around the need for conducive and coherent policy and institutional frameworks as well as good governance and best practices.

International River Basins as a common good: The role of the Civil Society (CS) and the Private Sector in Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Mekong River Basin

Programme:

1. Presentation of the Mekong Water Dialogue (PPT)

• History and status of cooperation: challenges and opportunities
• Civil Society engagement: local and international
• Private sector engagement: local and international partnerships
• Future challenges and opportunities

2. Panel on NGO-government-private sector dialogue in development (60 min)

Successful Management and Utilization of World Heritage in UNESCO International Protected Areas

"o The protected areas, each of which has different ecological profiles, have two common significant implications - conservation and sustainable use. The conservation can be achieved more efficiently if we develop a programme to use them as the resources of eco-tourism
o Nonetheless, it is quite rare that an integrated management system for the protected areas in terms of conservation and sustainable use.

Re-developing IUCN´s work on Sustainable Use (SSC official session)

This first major event for SULi sets out to ask big questions about the future of sustainable use of wild living resources: what are the major drivers of unsustainability? What is the relevance of sustainable use for major global challenges such as food security and climate change adaptation? What is the potential of approaches such as standards and certification? You are invited to come to share your thoughts and ideas on priorities for action and your energy in becoming involved.

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