Una crida per al reconeixement legal dels Llocs Sagrats Naturals a l'Àfrica

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"Una crida per al reconeixement legal dels Llocs Sagrats Naturals i territoris, and their Customary Governance Systems” was released by Gaia Foundation and African Biodiversity Network. L'informe proporciona la Comissió Africana de Drets Humans i dels Pobles’ Rights with persuasive and substantive arguments relating to a core element of original African traditions and calls for a decisive policy and legislative response on the matter. Read the full report or visit the website of Fundació Gaia.

The report is based on a statement, by custodian communities from six African countries and provides a body of legal and policy support for the custodiansstatement, drawn both from the African Charter as well as from international and domestic law.

Els llocs naturals sagrats són la font de la vida. Els llocs naturals sagrats són d'on venim, el cor de la vida. Són les nostres arrels i la nostra inspiració. We cannot live without our sacred natural sites and we are responsible for protecting them. Font: Custodis’ Declaració.

It reminds us that the African Charter commits member states to respect and maintain plural legal systems, and recommends that African countries should recognise a priori legal systems as part of their commitment to a proud African identity, to better navigate a development path where the integrity and heritage of the continent is maintained.
Key points of the report:

  • ReportSacred natural sites play a critical role in protecting biodiversity, essential for building climate change resilience.
  • Custodian communities, of sacred natural sites who maintain customary governance systems play an essential role in preserving the traditional values of Africa.
  • Sacred natural sites are the bedrock of customary governance systems require legal protection.
  • Plural legal systems include customary governance systems and form an essential component of respecting the essence of Africa,
  • Sacred natural sites and territories should be recognised as no-go areas for mining and other destructive or extractive activities.

The report also calls for the recognition and protection of sacred natural sites from any form of destructionincluding mining and land grabbingas a prerequisite for realising African peoplesinalienable rights enshrined in the Africa Charter, including the right to hold and practice traditional morals, values and culture. A discussion of global precedents, Africa’s plural legal systems and case studies from Benin, Ethiopia and Kenya are also included.

Font: adapted from Fundació Gaia.

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