Tools for Protecting Sacred Natural Sites

Toby McLeod – September 10, 2016

see Our work at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu kicked off on September 1. We are focusing on building a Toolkit for indigenous communities to help protect sacred natural sites and territories. This will include a “No Go Declaration” that we will write during the congress, to ban extractive industries from traditional territory. That declaration, and the supporting tools, can then be used by communities to strengthen the global network of sacred site guardians who continue to resist the aggressive intrusions of mining companies.  

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follow site TOOLKIT ELEMENTS (in process):

here In the long history of struggle to create legal protections for sacred sites, there have been several success stories to build on in other locations.

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Zolpidem Canada Online In Australia, there is the “NORTHERN TERRITORY ABORIGINAL SACRED SITES ACT.”  (1989)

enter site In the African nation of Benin, there is an “INTERMINISTERIAL ORDER — Setting the conditions for the sustainable management of sacred forests.”


source url In the United States, there is Executive Order No. 13007: Indian Sacred Sites, an inadequate but well-intentioned presidential order issued by President Bill Clinton in 1996.

see url Other important resources include:

enter site African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights — Resolution on the Protection of Sacred Natural Sites and Territories (November 2015) Protect Kaho`olawe `Ohana, Cultural Use Plan for the island of Kaho`olawe —  KÜKULU KE EA A KANALOA — The Culture Plan for Kanaloa Kaho`olawe Kawsak Sacha: The Living Forest — An Indigenous Proposal for Confronting Climate Change (Presented by the Amazonian Kichwa People of Sarayaku COP 21, Paris, December 2015)

source url The Convention on Biological Diversity published Akwe Kon voluntary guidelines for the conduct of cultural, environmental and social impact assessments regarding developments proposed to take place on, or which are likely to impact on, sacred sites and on lands and waters traditionally occupied or used by indigenous and the local communities.

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see The Sacred Land Film Project has developed a web page full of resources and Tools for Action. How Sacred Land Protection Campaigns Have Been Won (Amazon Watch) Ambien Online Shopping 1. Base campaign on indigeneity (worldview, law) 2. Internationalize the campaign (travel, have partners, use social media) 3. Mobilize on the ground (defend, protest and have media present and allies) Ambien Rx Online 4. Attack the corporate image (undermine PR, expose problematic practices) Buy Ambien Online Mexico 5. Launch a lawsuit (expensive and time-consuming, but can be effective)

click here Please send us your suggestions for additional tools to include here. Send to — Subject line: TOOLKIT SUGGESTION. Thank you.