Between nature and culture: exploring space for indigenous agency in the Convention on Biological Diversity
2013 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, E-ISSN 1743-8934, Vol. 22, no 6, 992-1009 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The goals of nature conservation have changed over the last decades, but setting aside areas for nature protection is still a major part of environmental efforts globally. Protected areas often include traditional lands of indigenous peoples, and although indigenous rights have been strengthened through international treaties, conflicts over land entitlement are still common. I analyse indigenous peoples' role in nature conservation, focusing on the discursive construction of indigenous subject position in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and using post-colonial theory to situate the discussion in its historical and political context, discussing what subject positions are made available to indigenous people, and what political agency they can be assumed to entail. The analysis shows that limits to indigenous space for agency are embedded in the Convention on Biological Diversity discourse – the analysed texts present a narrow recognition of indigenous people's role in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity, with a heavy focus on indigenous subjects as holders of traditional knowledge, and a clear influence from colonial notions and post-colonial power relations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2013. Vol. 22, no 6, 992-1009 p.
conservation, protected areas, CBD, indigenous, discourse, post-colonial
Research subject statskunskap
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60964DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2012.737255OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-60964DiVA: diva2:565043
ProjectsIndigenous rights and nature conservation
FunderSwedish Research Council Formas