Historic Gathering of Indigenous Leaders Champion “No Go” Areas for Sacred Sites at IUCN World Conservation Congress

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Historic Gathering of Indigenous Leaders Champion “No Go” Areas For Sacred Sites at IUCN World Conservation Congress

WHAT: A delegation of 25 powerful indigenous leaders from around the world will attend the quadrennial IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, from September 1–10. The WCC is the world’s largest recurring conservation event attended by government, corporate, nonprofit and academic leaders, among its many influencers. The indigenous delegation will amplify the connection between indigenous peoples and biodiversity in sacred cultural landscapes, including the world’s lands, seas and skies, which are vulnerable to climate change and other threats. They will both challenge and contribute to the international conservation movement at a critical moment in history, in part by promoting the concept of “No Go” policies that prohibit mineral and other resource extraction in World Heritage Sites, sacred natural sites, territories and primary forests as well as other indigenous solutions to climate change. The delegation will be working to pass Motion 026 on “Protected areas and environmentally damaging industrial-scale activities” viewable at portals.iucn.org/congress/motion/026.


Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Conservation Activities and the Fulfilment of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

WHEN: Saturday, September 3, 1:00–2:30pm, 314, UNDP Kauhale

WHO: The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz; Aura Tegria, U’WA; Gonzalo Oviedo, IUCN.

URL: portals.iucn.org/congress/session/12620

Workshop: From Rhetoric to Reality: Exploring laws, customary governance and No-Go area policies for future protection of sacred natural sites.

WHEN: Sunday, September 4, 11am–1pm, Room 315, Hawai‘i Convention Center

WHO: Indigenous leaders from Hawai‘i, Kenya, Ecuador, Ethiopia and Altai, Russia

URL: portals.iucn.org/congress/session/10217

Cultural Event with Film Screening: “40 Years of Aloha Aina”

WHEN: Sunday September 4, 7:30–9pm, Room 312, Hawai‘i Convention Center

WHO: Craig Neff, Luana Busby-Neff and the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana

URL: portals.iucn.org/congress/session/15490

Workshop: A Deep Dive on Gender and Climate Change: Exploring Policy Progress, Implementation Challenges, and Women’s Frontlines Solutions

WHEN: Monday, September 5, 8:30–10:30am, Room 317B, Hawai‘i Convention Center

WHO: Patricia Gualinga (Ecuador), Osprey-Orielle Lake (WECAN International)

URL: portals.iucn.org/congress/session/10233


Altai Republic, Russia

Danil Mamyev, Founder of Uch Enmek Nature Park, Altai, Russia

Vyacheslav “Slava” Cheltuev, snow leopard shaman


Oussoi Lio Appolinaire, son of local chief, Director of GRABE


Aura Tegría Cristancho, indigenous lawyer from the U’wa Nation


Nina Gualinga, Youth Indigenous Leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador

Patricia Gualinga, International Relations Director Sarayaku


Emmett Aluli, Physician, Kaho‘olawe activist

Davianna McGregor, History professor, Univ. of Hawai‘i

Craig Neff, artist, activist, owner of The Hawaiian Force

Luana Busby-Neff, cultural practitioner


Molu Kulu Galgallo, Gabbra ritual elder

Simon Mitambo, Njuri Ncheke Council of Elders, African Biodiversity Network coordinator


Kamil Mamadaliev, Manaschi (reciter of Manas epics)

Malaysia: Borneo

Komeok Joe, Penan Leader

Peter Kallang, Kenyah Leader, Chairman of Save Sarawak Rivers


Altantsetseg Tsedendamba, Association for Protection of Altai Cultural Heritage

Oyunbaatar Tseren, shaman, Tengriin Sylder Shamans Association

Papua New Guinea

Melchior Ware, biologist, Bosmun village elder

Banak Gamui, biologist, Executive Director of the Karawari Caves Arts Project  

United States

Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu Chief

Dorothy FireCloud, Rosebud Sioux, National Park Service superintendent

Click here for more detailed information on events and detailed biographies of indigenous leaders.

Amazon Watch, Andrew Miller, andrew@amazonwatch.org, 202-423-4828

Sacred Land Film Project, Christopher (Toby) McLeod, tm@sacredland.org, 650-400-9000

Gaia Foundation, Fiona Wilton, fiona@gaianet.org, +57-316-4901699

Borneo Project, Jettie Word, jettie@borneoproject.org, 505-250-3843

Altai Project, Jennifer Castner, 510-393-5525

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International), Emily Arasim,  emily@wecaninternational.org, 505-920-0153