6 thoughts on “12: Protected Areas and Mining

  1. Correction to previous suggestion, to be

    NOTING that World Heritage Sites and their related tangible and intangible heritage are the iconic conservation flagships of our global commitment to natural and cultural heritage;

  2. Correction:
    May I suggest mention of tangible and intangible heritage. This could be inserted under:

    WHEREAS (4th paragraph)

    NOTING that World Heritage Sites and their related tangible and intangible heritage are the iconic conservation flagships of our global commitment to natural and cultural heritage;

  3. A much needed Resolution! Thank you.

    May I suggest mention of tangible and intangible heritage. This could be inserted under:

    WHEREAS (4th paragraph)

    NOTING that World Heritage Sites are the iconic conservation flagships of our global commitment to natural and cultural as well as their related tangible and intangible heritage;

    May I further suggest the inclusion of desert biomes, which could be inserted in page 2 under:

    CONSIDERING the concerted commitment of communities, organisations and governments in establishing a range of designations of other Protected Areas, such as World Heritage Sites, Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Conserved territories and Areas (ICCAs), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defined Protected Areas, landscapes and seascapes, wilderness areas and desert biomes in order to defend our ecosystems and our biological and cultural heritage from growing threats;

    There is no mention that states have human rights obligations. This could be inserted (page 3) under CALL FOR

    CALL FOR independent, transparent and accountable systems to ensure compliance of governments and industries with their environmental and social responsibilities, their human rights obligations including through monitoring systems by citizens and international and regional institutions;

    I also noticed that no mention has been made of no dumping of toxic waste in “No-Go Areas” and would advise this to be included.

    Warm wishes,

    Vita

  4. If you wish further endorsement, you could add WCPA Mountain Protected Areas Network. Mining is certainly one of greatest threats…

  5. In operative paragraph 5, after “… to carry out the following”, the proponents may wish to consider adding “, as an absolute minimum:…”. Otherwise, it looks like the two points listed thereafter are all that’s required.

    Under the same paragraph in sub-point 1, the phrase “To commit to upholding international law and Natural/Earth law in achieving conservation targets…” makes it sound like companies only commit to upholding these laws if they are trying to achieve conservation targets. The vast majority of the time, such companies will not have conservation targets in mind. If the intention of the proponents was to uphold such laws more generally / overall, it may be better to rephrase it to something along the following lines: “To commit to upholding international law and Natural/Earth law in all aspects of their operations” and then continue with “, including the right…” as stated.

    1. There is a lot of debate going on about No Go Zones (NGZ). There is now a new factor added, climate change impact. It would also be good to have this in this resolution. Something like:

      “RECOMMEND the recognition of World Heritage Sites, Protected Areas, ICCAs and Sacred Natural Sites and Territories and natural sites vulnerable to climate change impacts as ‘ No Go Areas ‘, and to uphold norms and standards of conservation targets at forthcoming forums, particularly the Asia Parks Congress in Japan (November 2013); 9th Pacific Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in Fiji (December 2013); and the Iucn World Parks Congress in Australia, VI th November ”

      Link mining-climate vulnerability is becoming clearer. Mining increases in many cases the vulnerability of local communities to climate change impacts (and possible the vulnerability of the ecosystems themselves).

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