CBFP MOP19 - LLF Event - Conservation and Safeguards: Social and Human Rights Safeguards in Conservation - Synergies and Lessons Learned

The Legacy Landscapes Fund organised this session with the intention of sharing good practices and creating synergies and lessons learned among conservation actors in the application of social and human rights safeguards in conservation. The Legacy Landscapes Fund is a conservation fiduciary fund that aims to protect some of the most important landscapes for biodiversity and climate on this planet in perpetuity. Therefore, it is extremely important for all stakeholders involved that these Legacy Landscapes are managed in accordance with environmental and social safeguards in order to prevent and mitigate any potential negative impact that any action may have on the environment itself, but also on the staff and the indigenous and local people who live in and around these landscapes.

 

After a short presentation by the LLF itself, representatives from WCS, APN, WWF and FZS/Armitage Consulting presented and discussed the learnings, synergies and challenges around local partnerships, governance measures, complaints mechanisms and the development of environmental and social management systems.

 

The first presentation was given by Dr. Ilka Herbinger, Director of Environmental and Social Safeguards at the Legacy Landscapes Fund. She gave an overview of the objectives and functioning of the LLF, the implementation of its environmental and social safeguards system within the institution itself and finally, how it supports the approaches in the so-called Legacy Landscapes sites it deals with.

 

The second intervention focused on governance and how to measure the effectiveness of good governance from WCS through examples in Bolivia, Madidi Landscape and regarding participative approaches (e.g., FPIC/CLIP) in the Congo basin. The following people spoke: Lilian Painter, who leads the WCS Bolivia programme and is also a senior governance specialist in the Andes Amazon Orinoquía region, Oscar Loayza, an agronomist and deputy director of the Grand Madidi Landscape in Bolivia, and Michelle Wieland, the Africa director of the WCS Rights and Communities programme.

 

The third presentation focused on APN's collaboration with a local human rights organisation in the Republic of Congo and the presentation of APN's institutionalised approach to human rights. Clémence De Meslon, APN's Regional Human Rights Coordinator, discussed the opportunities and challenges of such collaborations and approaches.

The fourth intervention focused on complaints and appeals mechanisms and WWF's experiences with different models in the region, presented by Eric Parfait Essomba. Eric is the Regional Director for Environmental and Social Safeguards Africa at WWF. The issue of independence and the functioning of a complaints and appeals mechanism was discussed.

 

The fifth and final presentation was made by Nyundo Armitage, a chartered environmentalist, who works with the Frankfurt Zoological Society/FZS in a protected area in Zambia ("North Luangwa") where he is helping the park to develop and implement an Environmental and Social Safeguards System. He spoke about his experiences of implementing such a system locally.

 

The best way to implement social safeguards and human rights as an integral part of conservation is an important topic. The Legacy Landscapes Fund has included environmental and social safeguards in all stages of its support to the protected areas in its portfolio and aims to continue contributing to the sharing of knowledge, good practice and lessons learned around this important topic.

 

For more information, please download the document below:

Summary LLF session_ESS.pdf (429.1 Ko)

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