Implementation Principles and Safeguards
Free Choice and Self-Determination:
Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination isn’t established once and then forgotten. It must be continuously upheld from design through implementation.
IPLCs bring generations of leadership in ecological and cultural knowledge and practice. To support their decision-making, they may request scientific, legal, policy, or other information to supplement their knowledge.
Equity & Inclusion:
True partnership with IPLCs means continually assessing and addressing the power dynamics of the partnership, supporting IPLC leadership in decisions about their lands and resources, and ensuring the inclusion of groups that might otherwise be marginalized.
Accountability requires good communication, a shared vision, regular check-ins on progress toward agreed-upon plans, and taking action on adjustments as needed.
Overarching Good Faith:
Initiatives implemented in the spirit of honesty, integrity and service strengthen all the other principles. This is one of the most important foundations in achieving sustainable outcomes for people and nature.