Promoting Community Conservation Resilience
As of: November 2018
Objective and activities
The aim of the project is 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 will document and review the findings of bottom-up, participatory assessments in at least 20 countries of the resilience of community conservation initiatives and the support that should be provided to strengthen these initiatives. The results of the assessment will be widely disseminated and fed into the deliberations of the CBD and related international policy processes through an active outreach and advocacy campaign. The expected 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
- 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) and to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Article 8 (j) of the CBD.
- Project results were presented at relevant international events and were included in various reports, e.g. at an SBSTTA side event in Dec. 2017, at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, in the working paper "risks of large-scale biosequestration in the context of Carbon Dioxide Removal" in October 2017 at the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn, in the 53rd edition of "Forest Cover: Leaving no one behind: Community rights and biodiversity conservation", and in the 55th issue of "Forest Cover: The big four drivers of deforestation".
- The project is active and visible via numerous media. These include interviews with Al Jazeera, The Guardian, online photo essays and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.