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Rights-based approaches to Nature-Culture Conservation: Learning from the Ifugao Rice Terraces

Josefa Cariño Taul

Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN)

  • Indigenous peoples and local communities, through their worldviews, knowledge, culture, practices, and institutions, make vibrant contributions to the common natural and cultural heritage of humankind.
  • Many areas of interest for the conservation of nature and culture (e.g. through protected areas, or world heritage sites) overlap with indigenous territories. This has caused many issues and challenges faced by Indigenous peoples in the context of conservation.
  • From selected lessons from the experiences in the Ifugao Rice Terraces in the Philippines, we can see what these challenges look like on the ground, and ways forward towards implementing rights-based conservation of nature and culture.