World Rainforest Movement

Motion on Sacred Natural Sites

The IUCN has approved a Motion on Sacred Natural Sites: ‘Support for Custodian Protocols and Customary Laws in the face of global threats and challenges.’ The initial Declaration was drafted jointly by The Gaia Foundation (http://www.gaiafoundation.org/) with input from the African Biodiversity Network (http://www.africanbiodiversity.org/) and the Statement on Common African Customary Laws for the Protection of Sacred Natural Sites developed by Sacred Natural Sites’ Custodians from Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa and Uganda; Christopher McLeod of the Sacred Lands Film Project (http://www.sacredland.org/), Rob Wild and Bas Verschuuren of the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative

(http://sacrednaturalsites.org/), Gleb Raygorodetsky of the United Nations University, with support from a network of allies. Text of the Motion available here: http://sacredland.org/media/Motion-054-2012-final.pdf