“The Peoples’ Minervoix”

Conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities : advance in participatory action research, dissemination and advocacy

The 13th Congress of the International Society for Ethnobiology met in May 2012 in Montpellier, France. Three civil society organizations, BEDE, ICCA Consortium and Global Diversity Foundation, convened a pre-Congress workshop on advances in participatory action research, dissemination, and advocacy. Delegates were representatives from indigenous peoples and local communities active in these areas, supported by researchers and field experts. The workshop received the support of a number of generous funders (see ‘acknowledgements’ section).

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Rooting and linking territories

Introductory document: The Rooting and linking territories project is a North South project aiming to connect small scale farmers communities in Europe, North Africa and the West Africa. Its aim is to increase and develop the exchanges between flagship territories in transition to agro–]ecology, and to reinforce the links between their rural organisations and professional networks actively engaged in managing agricultural biodiversity and food sovereignty. It works to strengthen the capabilities of local innovative communities by facilitating encounters between all kinds of traditional, technical or scientific knowledge with a stake in this question.

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Synthesis report of the international civil society meeting for the development of a comprehensive process for farmers’ seeds, Aiguillon, France, 30th September 2012

The initiative: An international meeting had been proposed by the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) and the French Farmers’ Seeds Network (RéseauSemences Paysannes-RSP) to decide upon a common strategy on civil society participation in the negotiation of the Internation al Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food (ITPGRFA). This initiative followed the collective work carried out by various NGOs and La Via Campesina at the meeting of the Treaty’s Governing Body which met in Bali in March 2011. Their joined interventions allowed the establishment of a working group on Articles 5 and 6 of the Treaty, dealing with sustainable use and taking into account Art 9 on Farmers’ Rights. CSOs have called for this working group to be based on civil-society participation in ITPGRFA, similar to the process established by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) (CSOs are participants, not observers in the meetings).

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