Collective indigenous rights and the environment

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This chapter outlines the connections between Indigenous peoples and their environments, and how this relationship impacts upon the realisation of their collective human rights. It explores the emergence of the notion of collective rights, and highlights the interdependence of the right to selj~determination, land rights and cultural rights. It analyses existing international law and uses the example of climate change to examine the impact of environmental damage on Indigenous peoples' rights. It is concluded that a searching reappraisal c:f current approaches to Indigenous peoples' rights is necessary, and recognition if the unique vulnerability of indigenous collective rights to enl'ironmental degradation needs greater international attention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge handbook of international environmental law
EditorsShawkat Alam, Md Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan, Tareq M. R. Chowdhury, Erika J Techera
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780415687171
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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