Invitation to public event on indigenous communities' rights to bio-cultural life-heritages

Welcome on Monday 3 September 16.00 - 18.00 to public discussion on the topic:

How to support indigenous communities' rights on their bio-cultural life-heritages

Place:  Lintulahdenkatu 10, 1st Floor Auditorium, 00500 Helsinki (Sörnäinen)


The event is a public discussion on how indigenous communities can get their bio-cultural rights protected and realised.

Indigenous peoples have been recognised many rights to use and manage such lands, forests and waters by which they have customarily lived and whose local diversity of life they have customarily sustained well compared to the areas which other people use. While states and societies have however not respected the indigenous rights in practice but have been slow in implementation of recognised indigenous rights, we need to discuss how we can improve the implementation of these rights.

The speeches of the event reflect what could be done in this respect also in development cooperation, research and advocacy and the event has as one of its speakers Mrinalini Rai, a Rai woman, "Rai" being one of the recognised Indigenous Nationalities in Nepal.

Speeches of the event:

* Mrinalini Rai, CBD Alliance boardmember and advisor of Global Forest Coalition (GFC) on Indigenous Peoples and Gender:

- How to use CBD and SDGs to defend indigenous communities' rights on bio-cultural life-heritages

* Dr. Dorothee Cambou,   post-doctoral researcher at the Univeristy of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts/Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science

- How UNDRIP can be used to protect and promote indigenous communities' rights of bio-cultural heritage

* Ville-Veikko Hirvelä,
activist of Siemenpuu Foundation and Emmaus Aurinkotehdas ry:

- What rights indigenous communities could use to continue their sustainable bio-cultural life-heritages in India?

After the presentations there will be time for discussion.


Biocultural rights working group of Siemenpuu Foundation and Emmaus Aurinkotehdas ry


The development cooperation projects on biocultural rights of indigenous communities which Siemenpuu Foundation and Emmaus Aurinkotehdas ry are doing are supported by the Finnish Foreign Ministry.


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