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'No mechanisms to secure rights of indigenous peoples', says study October 13,2012   |  Source: Zee News

Most governments in the world have no or very inadequate legal and policy mechanisms to respect indigenous peoples and local communities, especially with regard to territorial, collective, and tenurial rights, a publication on a study by Indigenous Peoples' and Local Communities' Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA) consortium said.

The publication, 'Recognising and Supporting Territories and Areas Conserved by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities', released today by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), said there are very big gaps in facilitating secure livelihoods, especially for younger generations, linked to the conservation initiative.

"Despite the very visible progress in recognizing and supporting ICCAs there remain huge weaknesses and gaps. Most countries have no or very inadequate legal and policy mechanisms to respect indigenous peoples and local communities (especially with regard to territorial, collective, and tenurial rights), and in many the existing policy environment may actually be against their interests," it said.

"Financial support can often be inadequate, or inappropriately channelled leading to local elite capture. There are very big gaps in facilitating secure livelihoods, especially for younger generations, linked to the

 

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