About the Sharing Power Conference

Sharing Power is about de-centralisation in the governance and management of biocultural resources. It is about enabling indigenous peoples and local communities to have greater rights and responsibilities in governance and management of the landscapes and ecosystems they live in and near. Communities and Cities can and do show leadership when Governments struggle at both national and UN levels as the Copenhagen Climate change talks clearly demonstrated. What are the successful models of indigenous and community managed natural resources? How can people better exercise their citizenship responsibilities to the environment?

A New Vision for Development suggests the current capital based model has flaws that have created social and economic inequities, and lead to large scale environmental damage. What other development models exist? What are the key components of shared responsibility in conservation management and governance change necessary to ensure a sustainable future? How can local and indigenous visions of development with sustainable conservation be nurtured?

Indigenous Woman, Ecuador

There are a multitude of global initiatives underway which signal a rapidly growing movement amongst indigenous peoples and citizens generally, to look beyond capitalism without boundaries, and consider a future which requires us to make more of a commitment to nature - to Mother Earth. For example, the Earth Charter, the World Assembly of Inhabitants, the Vth World Parks Congress Durban Accord, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Bariloche Declaration, the Draft Universal Declaration of the Common Good of the Earth and Humanity (being considered in Cochabamba, Bolivia-April 2010) and many others.

These movements are diverse in origin, culture, and geography, but share the principle of solidarity through collectivity,and the common desire to build another possible world, including other models of cities.

This Sharing Power Conference noted these networks and aimed to build on them, as well as other initiatives and networks that IUCN and CEESP have been involved in for a long period of time.

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