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Dana+20 Workshop

7-10 September 2022, Wadi Dana


On September 7, 2022, Her Royal Highness, Princess Basma Bint Talal of Jordan, opened a four day workshop conference at Wadi Dana Nature Reserve titled “Dana+20: Mobile Indigenous Peoples, Conservation, Sustainable Development, and Climate Change Two Decades after the Dana Declaration. The Royal Family of Jordan is an active supporter of initiatives that focus on social change and environmental protection for the citizens of its country.


The workshop was sponsored by the Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development, University of Oxford, the international NGO, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan ( RSCN). The funders of this workshop included The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI),the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the University of Nevada, the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), Misereor, and United Nations Development Program Small Grants Program UNDP/GEF..

As the 20-year anniversary of the Dana Declaration, which was signed in Wadi Dana in 2002, has approached, this workshop takes stock of ecological, technical, and political developments over the past two decades and brings the implications for mobile peoples to the attention of global forums. The organisers of the workshop have invited 10 researchers and practitioners to meet with 20 delegates of mobile indigenous peoples from around the world to reaffirm, redirect, and re-examine the Dana Declaration. The Dana+20 workshop aspires to outline ways forward in consultation with mobile peoples’ representatives to improve engagement on the interrelated priorities of conservation, climate adaptation / resilience, habitat loss and sustainable development. At the close of the workshop a Dana+20 statement will be delivered.


Outputs: The Dana+20 statement will be delivered to the Convention on Biological Diversity COP 15 in MontrealCanada ( 2022) and also at the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) COP28 in the United Arab Emirates (2023). In 2024, a side event highlighting the Dana +20 Statement will be organised at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in 2024. These outputs will be building up for the International Year of Rangelands and Pastures in 2026. A report of the Dana+20 workshop will be posted on the Dana Declaration website: www.danadeclaration.org.

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