Categories North America and the Caribbean, People, United States

Dr. Stan Stevens

Auditor of the accounts and Ombudsperson

Based in the USA. Stan is a geographer who is senior lecturer in cultural and political ecology and conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has worked on ICCA and protected area issues for nearly thirty years, including five years living in Sherpa communities in the Mt. Everest region of Nepal, where he documented Sherpas’ ICCAs and efforts to maintain them amidst international tourism development, socio-cultural change, and state governance of their territory as a national park and World Heritage Site. He continues to advise Sherpa leaders and NGOs on conservation and rights issues. Stan is the author or editor of three books that document and advocate for ICCAs, Indigenous rights, and rights-based protected areas and in 2010 published an article in Policy Matters 17 on implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through recognition and respect for ICCAs.