Indigenous peoples have an intimate and powerful connection to the lands on which they live and their cultural identity shapes, and is in turn shaped by, their natural environment. The rich cultures and traditional practices of indigenous peoples and the issues they face in today’s world relate to many spheres, including economic development, the environment and human rights. The lead article by Mr Tumu te Heuheu, Paramount Chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa Māori Tribe (New Zealand), former Chair of the World Heritage Committee, and Mr Richard Tuheiava, member of the Senate of France, representing French Polynesia, will dwell on the key issues and challenges relating to indigenous peoples and World Heritage and will also provide useful information on policy matters.
This issue will focus among other peoples on the Saami of the Laponian Area (Sweden), and the Nama of Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape (South Africa) – who continue their semi-nomadic pastoral livelihoods based on seasonal displacements of their herds.
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