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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: October 2018

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

  • A national ICCA strategy was finalized in three countries and is being developped in the remaining partner countries.
  • A global database including a manual and a toolkit for capacity building and knowledge transfer are available to support ICCAs. The website to register ICCAs was revised and is online and backed by webinars for stakeholders and target countries.
  • In all target countries workshops and training are conducted and indigenous groups and their territories are supported by a small-project fund.

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 06/2019


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