11: Sacred Natural Sites

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Comments from the proposer regarding some of the comments below:

Comment 2: Capitalizing SNS
Response: while other resolutions/declarations etc haven’t tended to capitalize SNS, we underline that this is a call for SNS as a distinct category of protected area, and capitalizing shifts the thinking and draws attention. We prefer to retain the capitals for Sacred Natural Sites.

Comment 4 : Clarifying the type of PA
Response: We understand Holly?s comment, but prefer to leave it general and not restrict to IUCN management categories of protected areas; likewise we prefer not to include community protocols but leave as general.

5 thoughts on “11: Sacred Natural Sites

  1. Please change “communities” to Peoples in this paragraph and also the 3rd “be it resolved” paragraph (Peoples , not communities). It is is possible to also reference Articles 11, 12 and 26 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which are the articles directly relevant to this article, that would be helpful and appreciated. Please capitalize Indigenous Peoples throughout. And please do NOT remove the term Indigenous Peoples (as per above comment)

    AFFIRMING that [delete: indigenous communities] ADD: Indigenous Peoples have an inalienable right to self-determination and governance,
    which is recognised in legal instruments including the ILO Convention 169 (1989), and United Nations
    Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)(2007); ADD: and furthermore the UNDRIP specifically recognizes in Articles 11, 12 and 25 the rights of Indigenous Peoples to the protection of their cultural practices and access in privacy to their sacred places, as well as their rights and responsibilities to maintain and transmit their spiritual relationships to their sacred lands and waters.


  2. May I suggest that mention be made of tangible and intangible heritage.

    This could be included into the last para of THEREFORE, e.g:

    WE AFFIRM that urgent action is needed by national governments, regional and international bodies and non-­‐governmental organisations and others to recognise and to promote the understanding of Sacred Natural Sites, their related tangible and intangible heritage and Territories and the customary governance systems of their indigenous communities.

    Appreciations to all for the extensive work done on this.


  3. I wholeheartedly support the intent of this resolution (N0.11). There is a bit of a problem, in that capitalizing “Sacred Natural Sites” infers that they already have some formal recognition,and not just a post-facto (after the threat) verbal declaration that a given site is sacred to some indigenous community. Should bullet 2 in “Resolved” ask not just for “recognition”(somewhat vague) but for “registry” so that the national recognition comes before the threat, Then the site could be included in a new IUCN category of Sacred Natural Site”????

  4. Under point 1, the proponents may wish to consider clarifying what is meant by a ‘new protected area category’, for example, as a new management category in the IUCN protected area matrix (?) or otherwise.

    Also, to keep the wording consistent with the 2012 IUCN resolution on SNSs, in point 4, after: “… customary governance systems on their own terms”, they may wish to consider adding the phrase ‘and in accordance with custodian [and community] protocols’.

  5. Suggestion to remove the word “Indigenous” (or rephrase to a: Indigenous and other Sacred Natural Sites or b: Scared NAtural Sites including those of Indigenous people) from the following sentence because Indigenous Sacred Natural Sites are a sub-set of all Sacred Natural Sites that would benefit from this recommendation. Including the word would frame the recommendations too narrowly which is not in favour of the recognition of all sacred natural sites which is what this resolution should aspire.

    RECOMMEND the elaboration of best practices for the recognition of Indigenous Sacred Natural Sites and Territories and the customary governance systems.

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