HIMA Global Initiative (closed project)

Project closed: 2013

HIMA is a land-use zoning concept which translates to “Protected Area” from Arabic and refers to a pre-Islamic practice in the Arabian Peninsula. HIMA can be defined as a Community-based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) System that promotes sustainable livelihood, resource conservation, and environmental protection for human wellbeing.

The HIMA Global Initiative project aims to:

  1. Promote HIMA constitutional principles to propose solutions to areas of conflict, such as Abyei, Darfur, and the Western Sahara (however, it must be stressed that this is NOT promoting Al-Shari’ah Law).
  2. Build confidence among parties in conflict by promoting social justice, equalities, social responsibilities, and the rule of law.
  3. Celebrate societal diversity, ethical values and customs, and rights for ethnic and religious minorities
  4. .Promote unity based on human needs and human rights.
  5. Promote peace, religious freedom, respect of other’s values, and acceptance.

The principles of HIMA governance are categorized into four broad categories which are not mutually exclusive:

  1. Ethical principles which include the HIMA development vision and describe the aims, objectives, and the ethical dimensions.
  2. Environmental sustainability principles that are based on reverence to natural resources and no harm.
  3. Institutional principles that recognize (a) the role of the state in providing basic needs; (b) the role of the voluntary sector to contribute to socio-economic and non-material development of the community; and, (c) the devolution of HIMA management within the local community.
  4. Good governance principles that provide a framework for the adequate management of the natural resources in HIMA zones.
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