Workshop report: Dana Declaration +10
Authors: Professor Dawn Chatty
Publication date: May 2012
Mobile indigenous peoples have sustainably managed the land they live on for centuries. However, in the name of biodiversity conservation, some have been displaced, dispossessed and expelled from their traditional territories and left destitute and culturally impoverished. While these practices have been largely discarded in rhetoric by biodiversity conservation agencies, progress in human rights observance and land restitution has lagged behind new thinking on the relationship between people and protected areas. Thus, local and national policy and institutional change in the field have not kept pace with advances in thinking at the international level; nor do they always live up to public declarations of concern for human rights.
The Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development (QEH), University of Oxford, has worked with other bodies to address the concerns regarding the welfare of mobile indigenous peoples in biodiversity conservation. A key product was the Dana Declaration on Conservation and Mobile Peoples (www.danadeclaration.org) in 2002, with guidelines for a complementary strategy for both protected areas and meeting human needs.
Ten years after the Dana Declaration on Mobile Peoples and Conservation was formulated in Wadi Dana, Jordan, it is time to follow up on the achievements of the past decade and consider the future. Working with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN, Jordan), representatives of the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples (WAMIP), others representatives of mobile peoples, concerned policy makers and academics, the Dana Declaration +10 workshop set out, among other goals, to develop a statement to be delivered at the Rio +20 meetings in June 2012 to continue to promote the human rights of mobile indigenous peoples in the context of biodiversity conservation and democratic environmental governance in the face of continuing expansion of protected areas, land grabbing, and further dispossession. The workshop ultimately aimed to continue to raise and maintain awareness of the special vulnerabilities and needs of mobile indigenous peoples.
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