International Advocacy

International Advocacy

Natural Justice works with a range of partners at the international level to develop international laws that support biocultural diversity. We work on:

  • Biodiversity under the Convention on Biological Diversity, including access and benefit sharing, traditional knowledge and customary use, and protected areas,
  • Climate Change under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, particularly adaptation and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation,
  • Agriculture under the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture,
  • Intellectual Property at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and
  • Human Rights at the Experts Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.








Indigenous and Local Communities and Protected Areas: Towards Equity and Enhanced Conservation (Borrini-Feyerabend et al., 2004)
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Free, Prior and Informed Consent in REDD+: Principles and Approaches for Policy and Project Development (RECOFTC and GIZ, 2011)
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Livestock Keepers: Guardians of Biodiversity (FAO, 2009)
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Beyond Intellectual Property: Toward Traditional Resource Rights for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (Posey and Dutfield, 1996)
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Mandating Recognition: International Law and Native/Aboriginal Title (Lynch, 2011)
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Biodiversity and Culture: Exploring community protocols, rights and consent (IIED Participatory Learning and Action 65, 2012)
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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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Latest Publication

Biocultural Community Protocols: A Toolkit for Community Facilitators
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Community Protocols

Images from our work in Africa, Asia, and the Americas
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