The key objective of the Congress is to reinforce the role of indigenous peoples and local communities in managing their collective biocultural heritage and strengthen traditional resource rights and livelihoods.
Other more specific objectives include the following:
1.To facilitate an instructive dialogue among ISE members, indigenous peoples and local communities on issues of common concern such as strengthening collaborative research strategies and methodologies that contribute to the development of solutions related to their rights and livelihoods
2.Promote dialogue and integration across knowledge systems and disciplines and move towards a holistic understanding of links between cultural and biological diversity and the responsibilities to cultures, the environment and social justice (including identifying appropriate spectrum of indicators or measures).
3.Review the challenges in integrating and promoting a focused treatment of cultural and biological diversity with the management of cultural landscapes for conservation and sustainable use of land, water, genetic and biological diversity through participatory approaches that support sustainable development, equity and cultural resilience.
4.Identify how to promote a more focused treatment of culture and different knowledge systems in fields such as agrobiodiversity conservation, health, and preservation and protection of indigenous and traditional knowledge.
5.Generate outcomes relevant to major international bodies and institutions concerned with biodiversity and indigenous/traditional knowledge, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), FAO, WIPO, WHO and the “Future of Sustainability” process being conducted by IUCN – The World Conservation Union in the lead-up to the 2008 World Conservation Congress.
6.Link outcomes to other relevant activities, such as the Fourth World Conservation Congress (Barcelona, Spain, October 2008 and others, by means of specifically targeted outputs and recommendations.
7.Conduct outreach before, during, and after the event to inform and educate academics, students, practitioners, policy makers, and the general public.
Theme of the Congress
In order to provide a guiding structure to the Congress, as well as achieve the proposed objectives, we will be focusing attention on specific issues through three themes:
Theme 1: Traditional agricultural landscapes and community conserved areas
Theme 2: Ethnoecology, Climate Change and Adaptation
Theme 3: Ethnobiology and Traditional Resource Rights: Darrell Posey’s Legacy
Special Session: Food Sovereignty and Centers of Origin: Celebrating the International Year of the Potato
Pre Congress Workshop: Malaria and the Health and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples
Pre Congress Workshop: Participatory Video
The selected themes should be understood as a way of operationalizing the objectives of the Congress and making them more concrete. While closely related, as well as overlapping, the themes are, at the same time, focusing on issues that are distinct enough to warrant separate treatment.
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Under this matrix indigenous concepts of landscapes, health and knowledge, themes of the Congress, are expressed.