The collective rights of Indigenous peoples, environmental destruction, and climate change

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This chapter outlines the connections between Indigenous peoples and their environments, and how this relationship between them impacts upon the realization of indigenous peoples' collective human rights. It explores the emergence of the notion of collective rights and the principle of permanent sovereignty over natural resources (PSNR), highlighting the interdependence of the right to self-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. Although the principle of PSNR provides protection for Indigenous peoples' use and enjoyment of their environments, the chapter concludes that Indigenous collective rights are uniquely vulnerable to environmental degradation. Environmental destruction remains an ever-increasing threat to the enjoyment of these collective rights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge handbook of international environmental law
EditorsErika Techera, Jade Lindley, Karen N. Scott, Anastasia Telesetsky
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003137825
ISBN (Print)9780367209247
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Book first published in 2013, with chapter titled 'Collective indigenous rights and the environment'. This edition revised and updated.


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