Context

Context

All the latest reports show continued biodiversity loss is occurring at an alarming rate, which in turn is negatively impacting a range of rural communities. This loss of biocultural diversity is the focus of a variety of laws and policies at a number of scales, from the international to the local. These laws and policies are being augmented by a variety of approaches aimed to ensure the full and effective participation by communities in natural resource management, agriculture and conservation, among other things.

Noting the discrepancy between specific targets, laws and programmes to reverse the loss of biological and cultural diversity and the actual figures, Natural Justice works at the local, national and international level to enhance the effectiveness of the current approach to biocultural diversity. At the community level we work to support endogenous processes with participatory forms of legal empowerment, and specifically by helping communities to develop biocultural community protocols. We also advise national and sub-national government agencies and provide technical input to various international processes.

 

 

Publications

Conservation and Citizenship: Democratizing Natural Resource Governance in Africa (Nelson, 2010)
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Bio-cultural Community Protocols: A Community Approach to Ensuring the Integrity of Environmental Law and Policy (Natural Justice and UNEP, 2009)
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Protecting Community Rights Over Traditional Knowledge: Implications of Customary Law and Practices (Swiderska et al., 2009)
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Biocultural Community Protocols for Livestock Keepers (LIFE Network, LPP, and LPPS, 2010)
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Biocultural Community Protocols: Articulating Stewardship, Asserting Rights, Affirming Responsibilities
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Rights-based Approaches: Exploring Issues and Opportunities for Conservation (Campese et al. (Eds.), 2009)
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Videos

Biocultural Community Protocols: Articulating and Asserting Stewardship (Moving Images & Natural Justice, 2012)
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Rooibos Robbery: A Story of Bioprospecting in South Africa (Steps Southern Africa, 2012)
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Maldhari Biocultural Community Protocol Photo Story (Sahjeevan & Natural Justice, 2012)
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  • New Publication: Zimbabwe Legal Review
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    Earlier this month the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released his “synthesis report” on the Post-2015 Agenda. The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives andProt …

Latest Publication


Biocultural Community Protocols: A Toolkit for Community Facilitators
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Images from our work in Africa, Asia, and the Americas
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