A vast number of national parks and protected areas throughout the world have been established in the customary territories of Indigenous peoples. In many cases these conservation areas have displaced
Indigenous peoples, undermining their cultures, livelihoods, and self-governance, while squandering opportunities to benefit from their knowledge, values, and practices. This book makes the case for a
paradigm shift in conservation from exclusionary, uninhabited national parks and wilderness areas to new kinds of protected areas that recognize Indigenous peoples' conservation contributions and
rights. It documents the beginnings of such a paradigm shift and issues a clarion call for transforming conservation in ways that could enhance the effectiveness of protected areas and benefit
Indigenous peoples in and near tens of thousands of protected areas worldwide.
A timely analysis of the paradigm shift of protected area governance involving indigenous peoples and their rights.
Stevens offers a strong and detailed vision for how the new paradigm, if applied, might make a difference in the lives of Indigenous peoples and the shape of conservation institutions worldwide.
—Beth Rose Middleton, assistant professor of Native American Studies, University of California Davis
Stevens brings together a wealth of original research and new thinking, including a wide spread of case studies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The book insightfully explores the legal, political, and social challenges that need to be overcome.
—Marcus Colchester, Senior Policy Advisor for Forest Peoples Programme
Indigenous Peoples, National Parks, and Protected Areas integrates wide-ranging, multidisciplinary intellectual
perspectives with detailed analyses of new kinds of protected areas in diverse parts of the world. Eleven geographers and anthropologists contribute nine substantive fieldwork-based case studies.
Their contributions offer insights into experience with new conservation approaches in an array of countries, including Australia, Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa,
and the United States.
This book breaks new ground with its in-depth exploration of changes in conservation policies and practices—and their profound ramifications for Indigenous peoples,
protected areas, and social reconciliation.