Protecting the Planet Newsletter: Respecting Indigenous & Traditional Knowledge & Culture 
  24 April 2015
Vilm © Marie Fischborn
It was a case of G'night Sydney, Aloha Hawai'i as the leaders of the world’s largest network of protected areas experts, the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, gathered in Germany last week to discuss and advance the world protected area agenda. The meeting took place on the Isle of Vilm with the main objective to move forward the implementation of the Promise of Sydney which was put in place at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 and prepare for the next major event on the calendar the IUCN Conservation Congress 2016 in Hawai'i.
Delegate at the forum © UNPFII Photos
Indigenous Peoples the talk of New York
What is the world doing to help the 5,000 Indigenous Peoples' Groups on the planet who make up 5% of the Earth's population? Following on from Stream 7 of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the 14th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is currently being held in New York and finishes on 1 May 2015. It will focus on key indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights.
Donau-Auen National Park © Baumgartner  
inspiring places
Donau-Auen National Park, Austria
Donau-Auen National Park is one of the largest wetlands in Europe and extends from Vienna to the Slovakian border, almost reaching Bratislava. Established as a national park in 1996, it will host IUCN's 'Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe' conference from 28-31 May 2015 and is one of the last remaining transboundary wetlands in Europe, consisting of a network of riparian forest (65%), water (20%) and meadow (15%).
Gonzalo Oviedo © IUCN Photos
inspiring people
Indigenous exchange 
What is IUCN doing to help the 370 million Indigenous Peoples on the planet? What can we learn from them? Is it true they can communicate with Mother Earth and Father Sky? We throw the traditional book at IUCN's Senior Advisor for Social Policy Gonzalo Oviedo, the man every conservationist dreams of sitting next to at a dinner party, and he responds with a masterclass in all matters regarding Indigenous People. Do not miss this fascinating story.
The Tacana people © Eleanor Briggs WCS
inspiring SOLUTIONS
Tacana stance to save the Amazon
The Tacana are a diverse group of Indigenous Peoples based in Bolivia, well known for their tradition of often beginning funeral rites when the person is still alive! They have helped to develop a territorial management programme, which has already significantly reduced forest loss in large areas of South America and could help  determine the future of much of the Amazon rainforest. This solution is published on the Panorama website. Help us develop the site into a go-to resource for the protected area community, and give us your feedback on the web platform!
Canada are embracing their Indigenous population © CulturalSurvivor
Parks Canada's 'Open Door' policy
Parks Canada demonstrated their strong commitment to developing their connections with Indigenous Peoples by declaring their support for the innovative ‘Open Doors Program’ which was part of the Promise of Sydney legacy at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Australia. They have been committed to supporting Aboriginal people in connecting to their lands in order to strengthen traditional knowledge and the cooperation in the management of Canada's heritage places.
A San bushman drinking © IUCN
The 1,000th site!
One of Botswana's Indigenous Groups - the San - who hail from the Ngamiland Province in the north-western corner of Botswana, gathered at the Maduo Lodge in Maun to meet with government agencies to discuss the post-inscription process of the Okavango Delta World Heritage site in spring 2015. Find out more details about why the magnificent inland water way of the Okavango Delta was inscribed as the 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage site at the 39th session in Doha, Qatar while we also reveal why Ostrich eggs and water play such a key part in the life of the San people.  
Participants of the Forum on Solutions © Blue Solutions
Looking after our oceans
More than 110 participants from Latin America and the wider Caribbean gathered for a Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being, hosted by the Blue Solutions Initiative in Cancun, Mexico earlier this month. The discussions lasted over two and a half days and centred around inspiring coastal and marine solutions concerning the topics of marine spatial planning, sustainable finance as well as climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
Bird Island in Fiji © Helen Pippard BIOPAMA
Pacific partnership reinvigorated 
Established in conjunction with the Pacific Islands Round Table for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, a regional protected areas working group is being reinvigorated with the support of the BIOPAMA programme and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and is a driver to deliver the Regional Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in the Pacific.
Kingfisher © Donau-Auen National Park
Sign up for 'Little Sydney'
More than 300 participants from all over Europe will gather for the 'Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe' conference, taking place in Hainburg/Donau-Auen National Park, Austria from 28-31 May. The conference will build on the outcomes of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 and the Promise of Sydney. Check out the programme here and don't miss out on the early bird offer to register which ends this Saturday. 
International Geoheritage gathering
The 1st International Conference on Geoheritage, organized by the IUCN WCPA Geoheritage Specialist Group, will be held in China in June 2015. This is the first international conference on geoheritage protection, management and sustainable development in protected areas such as World Heritage sites, geoparks and other protected areas. The conference, held in Huanjiang, Guangxi, will run from 4-7 June 2015.  Register now by clicking below.
Indigenous Peoples' lead the way
Did you know that on Sibuyan Island, Philippines, the Mangyan Tagabukid communities living in Mt. Guiting-guiting have negotiated an agreement by which they receive payments for watershed management services? For more information on the World Parks Congress stream on Respecting Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Culture, read the factsheet here or click on the link below to see their proposed innovative approaches.
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