AWIPS

The intersection between Indigenous Peoples and wetlands is not well documented in the Arctic, nor are the relationships between Indigenous communities and protected area management authorities. The Arctic Wetlands and Indigenous Peoples Study (AWIPS) is the first assessment of Indigenous participation  in protected area management across the Arctic. Drawing primarily from documentation of 35 protected areas in the eight Arctic States, this report provides a:

  • Synthesis of the information documented on Indigenous wetland resource use and conservation;
  • Framework for understanding the benefits of Indigenous participation in wetlands conservation; and a
  • Snapshot of current practices of engaging Indigenous Peoples in wetlands management in the Arctic States.

This study identifies challenges and suggestions for developing and facilitating participatory processes that are inclusive of Indigenous perspectives, resource needs, and knowledge within broader conservation efforts. It provides a series of Key Findings, suggestions for future reserach and advice for management. These are designed to support decision-makers in understanding the diverse and valuable ecosystem services provided by Arctic wetlands and to identify specific actions they can implement to protect existing wetlands and restore those that have been degraded.

 


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