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Support to indigenous peoples’ and community conserved areas and territories (ICCAs) through the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) as a contribution to the achievement of Targets 11, 14 and 18 of the CBD Aichi 2020 framework

As of: April 2020

Objective and activities

The Aichi 2020 targets for global species protection recognise and build on the crucial role of local and indigenous communities in the conservation of biological diversity. The project supports indigenous and local population groups in 26 countries in preserving their traditional habitats and protecting biodiversity. Among other methods, this is done through a small project fund. Knowledge and resources are also built up in local communities to manage and preserve protected areas. The overall aim here is to create a fairly managed network of protected areas (Target 11). The habitats of indigenous communities living in the areas are also to be improved and safeguarded (Target 14). Traditional knowledge and uses should be recognised and addressed in state planning processes (Target 18). The partner countries are also given advice on the implementation of their protected area strategies and provided with support to this end.

State of implementation/results

  • The project sets a clear emphasis on knowledge management. Accordingly, a variety of knowledge communication tools is available to support the ICCAs. These include a database for capacity building and knowledge transfer, a website for the registration of ICCAs (Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas), webinars and trainings in target countries and side events at conferences. A regional example is the ICCA-GSI Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building Workshop for Central and Western Asia, held in Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan:…
  • So far, a total of 45 national awareness and education workshops have been organized on ICCAs with more than 1,200 participants. In addition, 23 national ICCA peer reviews and support networks were established in more than 12 ICCA GSI countries.
  • The ICCA Self-Enhancement Process (SSP) consortium was completed by the Global ICCA Consortium and made available to the ICCA-GSI countries in English, French and Spanish (…)
  • Moreover, UNEP-WCMC has launched an online information platform for ICCAs (July 2017) that complements the UNEP WCMC data manual. The webinar recordings are available in English, French and Spanish on the You Tube channel of UNEP WCMC. (…)
  • Examples of high-level meetings include a bilateral meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Vicky Tauli-Corpuz), the GCF Advocacy Group of Indigenous Peoples during the UNPFII, the UNFCCC SBSTA in Bonn (8-11 November).
  • The 11th General Assembly of the ICCA Consortium, Geneva, hosted a public ICCA Special Event in Switzerland - "Presentation and panel discussion at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Ville de Genève ".

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Partner institution(s):
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) - Canada
  • Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA Global Consortium),International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Switzerland

BMU grant:
12.000.000,00 €

11/2013  till  12/2021



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