Transformative pathways: indigenous peoples and local communities leading and scaling up conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

The project supports improved conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity by ensuring that the contributions of indigenous peoples and communities are better recognised, supported and expanded, including in the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal global biodiversity framework. It is led by a consortium of 12 organisations, a majority of whom are indigenous peoples’ organisations, from across 3 regions. The project directly supports local initiatives for self-determined land and resource governance, producing sited, local, positive biodiversity and cultural outcomes, and co-development of community- owned monitoring frameworks to present evidence and demonstrate outcomes. Working with national governments and other key actors, the project will also co-develop mechanisms for full and equitable participation in national biodiversity-related policy and planning. These partnerships will engage global CBD and IPBES processes through direct monitoring, reporting and dissemination of results.

Project data

Kenya, Peru, Philippines, Thailand
IKI funding
11,487,402.00 €
Included preparation phase
415,279.00 €
06/2022 till 05/2028
Implementing organisation
Forest Peoples Programme
Political Partner
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippines
  • Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) - Indonesia
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Kenya
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) - Thailand
Implementing Partner
  • Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation
  • Chepkitale Indigenous Peoples Development Project (CIPDP)
  • Chirapaq
  • Indigenous Information Network (IIN)
  • Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand (IMPECT) Association
  • Partners for Indigenous Knowledge in the Philippines (PIKP)
  • Pga k’nyau Association for Sustainable Development (PASD)
  • Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
  • Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS), Oxford University
  • LifeMosaic
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)

State of implementation/results

  • The Project has now entered the second year of implementation. Baseline study activities, such as community level data collection and studies at both, community and national levels, are now complete. Baseline mapping work is ongoing as community mapping and monitoring programmes are being initiated.
  • The project website was launched on 9th August 2023, on International Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in 5 languages, and includes articles and publications from partners.
  • Project staff from all implementing partners are receiving ongoing support and training on project planning and management, communications and international policy processes related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and other identified needs.
  • International advocacy actions are underway. The project supported participation of indigenous representatives in the Fifth Meeting of the Working Group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and at the 15th Conference of the Parties of the CBD and the organization of side-events to highlight the importance of indigenous peoples’ contribution to biodiversity conservation.
  • Furthermore, Project partners are currently undertaking work to support the development of indicators for the monitoring of implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (particularly those related to IP and LCs and human rights). Three project staff have been selected as members of the CBD Ad hoc Technical Expert Group on Indicators for the Framework, and have been engaging in preparatory meetings. They will be working until COP16 on the operationalisation of the monitoring framework. Other related activities include project staff working on the implementation of GBF Target 3, which deals with expansion and improvement of area-based conservation.
  • Project staff have also been involved in participating as observers to the 10th Plenary Session of the Inter-governmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES10) meeting in August 2023.
  • Indigenous representatives were supported by AIPP, a project partner, to participate in an Asian regional dialogue on the National Biodiversity and Strategies Action Plans held in Manila in August 2023.… Further national level engagement in revising NBSAPs is taking place across the project countries.
  • Project partners FPP and ICCS completed and published a special issue Oryx journal on Conservation and Human Rights (May 2023) with several articles co-authored by project partners.
  • LifeMosaic published the film ‘Facing Extinction, Defending Life’ online in June 2023. The film has been launched in Latin America, Africa and South-East Asia and is designed for an indigenous language.… Their current work on a Mapping and Monitoring film for this project has shown a great upsurge in CBMIS (community-based monitoring and information systems) with project partners and beyond.

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