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Biocultural Relationships in Environmental Law and Policy

The Second Meeting of the Asian Regional Initiative on Biocultural Community Protocols (ARI-BCP) took place in Bangalore from 18th – 20th of February with the objective of bringing existing and new partners from across South Asia to discuss the challenges from the past year and the potential to collaborate on BCPs in the year to come.

The report is divided into the following four parts:

  1. Background and Vision 2013: This provides an overview of the purpose of the meeting and the vision of two groups within one, namely, participants from India and elsewhere in Asia on their initial vision for the year 2013.
  2. BCPs and Indian Environmental Laws: This addresses the key questions posed of the relevance of BCPs in the Indian context vis-à-vis the environmental laws that recognize biocultural rights, primarily the Biodiversity Act, 2002 and the Forest Rights Act, 2006.
  3. Law, Environment and Design: This lays out the work of the Law, Environment and Design Lab in relation to their projects on the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and formulation of BCPs with the Gujjars in Sariska, Rajasthan, as well as Camel Maldharis in Kutch, Gujarat.
  4. Outcomes: This sets out the key outcomes of the meeting in the form of a mind map.
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