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 ( with input from the African Biodiversity Network ( 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 (, Rob Wild and Bas Verschuuren of the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative

(, Gleb Raygorodetsky of the United Nations University, with support from a network of allies. Text of the Motion available here: