© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/187197309X401406 International Community Law Review 11 (2009) 3–68 I NTERNATIONAL C OMMUNITY L AW R EVIEW www.brill.nl/iclr Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Promoting the Sustainability of the Global Environment? Leena Heinämäki Researcher, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Box 122, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland Abstract One predominant presumption in the present international legal discourse is that indigenous peoples, when allowed to participate, can make a valuable contribution to the sustainability of the global environ- ment due to their traditional knowledge and practices relating to the environment. Th e aim of this article is to discuss whether and under which conditions the legal recognition of the special rights of indigenous peoples in relation to the environment can be seen as promoting the protection of the planet Earth. Keywords Indigenous peoples; environmental sustainability; cultural rights of indigenous peoples; traditional ecological knowledge 1. Introduction Th e aim of this article is to discuss the linkage between environmental sustain- ability 1 and the rights of indigenous peoples, in particular their right to tradi- tional livelihoods. In international law, traditional livelihoods such as hunting, ﬁ shing, gathering and reindeer
International Community Law Review (continuation of International Community Law Review and Non-State Actors and International Law) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: CULTURAL RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES; INDIGENOUS PEOPLES; TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE; ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
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