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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: January 2020

Objective and activities

The project supports indigenous and local communities in 26 countries in maintaining their traditional living environments and protecting biodiversity. It focuses particularly on three of the Aichi targets for biodiversity conservation adopted at the CBD COP 10 in Nagoya, Japan. It thus aims to drive forward the establishment of an equitably managed, integrated network of protected areas (Target 11), improve and safeguard the living conditions of indigenous communities in these areas (Target 14) and recognise and mainstream traditional knowledge in state planning processes (Target 18). UNDP supports this process in 26 partner countries, using a fund for small projects and capacity building to enable the communities to maintain and sustainably manage indigenous and community-based protected areas. The project also delivers advice and support to partner countries when implementing strategies for protected areas and related steering instruments.

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) and 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

11/2013 till 12/2021