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Promoting Community Conservation Resilience

As of: September 2021

The aim of the project was to contribute to the implementation of the CBD’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan and Aichi Targets by providing policy advice on effective and appropriate forms of support for community conservation. The project documented and reviewed the findings of bottom-up, participatory assessments in 22 countries of the resilience of community conservation initiatives and the support that should be provided to strengthen these initiatives. The results of the assessment were widely disseminated and fed into the deliberations of the CBD and related international policy processes through an active outreach and advocacy campaign. The outcome is significantly increased and more appropriate legal, political, financial and other forms of support for community conservation initiatives that reflect the recommendations of communities themselves.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed.
  • 68 community conservation resilience assessments (CCRIs) were completed in 22 countries.
  • Four regional events about knowledge transfer concerning community based conservation were held in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
  • Twelve national capacity workshops with more than 700 community members were conducted.
  • The results of the CCRI have been incorporated in policy recommendations to the Subsidiary Board on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSSTA-22) and to the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-2) at the CBD-COP 2018.
  • -- June 2018: Launch of the „Global Report of the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI)“…
  • A side event to the 14th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP) on 20 November 2018 highlighted the need to redirect financial support to community conservation. The project also organized an event at the CBD Communication, Education and Public Awareness raising fair called “A source of Pride: When participatory assessment contribute to CEPA and conservation”.
  • Paraguay/global: Two photo essays that demonstrated the impact of trade liberalization in agricultural commodities and deforestation on rural and Indigenous women were published for World Food Sovereignty Day (16 October): A photoessay about indigenous communities in the Chaco region of Paraguay and the Guahory women fight for the earth photo essay.
  • Forest Cover 57 provided a community-based response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on the impacts of and scenarios to reach 1.5 degrees global warming: 1.5°C from a community perspective.
  • India/Global: On 5 December, parallel to the Climate COP, GFC launched the results of the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative in India together with a photo essay demonstrating the importance of recognizing the forest governance rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities in policies to mitigate climate change.
  • On 12 Jan 2019, a blog was launched: “Gender is not Plan B!” Advancing gender-responsive measures in the CBD’s Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework.
  • Global/ Colombia: On 8 March 2019, the international day of women, we launched a photo essay: Women beekeepers flourish in their love of the land and community conservation in the threatened Páramo de Santurbán area.
  • GFC co-organized a side event on “food, forests and climate change” and participated in various panels prior to and at the 4th UN Environment Assembly in March 2019 in Nairobi, highlighting the need to support community conservation.
  • On 21 March 2019, the international day of forests, we published a statement produced by participants in the West African skillshare on community-driven, gender-responsive forest conservation and restoration.
  • GFC further developed the images collection in his photo library:… Social media campaign build-up since early 2018 has been using #CommunityConservation (and also #biodiversity and #indigenous) hashtags. Several of the social media publications included multimedia such as images, GIFs, and short videos. All the multimedia contents can be found at:…

Project data

Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Iran, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nepal, Panama, Paraguay, Russian Federation, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda

Implementing organisation:
Global Forest Coalition - Paraguay

Political partner(s):
  • Convention on Biological Diversity Alliance (CBD Alliance)
  • Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC)
  • International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests (IAITPTF)
  • Natural Justice

BMU grant:
2.158.960,08 €

03/2015  till  04/2019


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