Community Conservation in Practice Workshop, Tofino, B.C., Canada, May 2010

21 May 2010 | News story

The Global Diversity Fund (GDF), IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) co-sponsored a workshop on ‘ Community Conservation in Practice ' (CCIP) from 6 – 8 May 2010, in Tofino, British Columbia.

Led by Eli Enns, Tla-o-qui-aht Nation Building Program (Canada) and Jamili Nais, Deputy Director, Sabah Parks (Malayisa), the workshop brought together forty-five participants from fifteen countries from across Asia, Africa, Pacific and the Americas to explore international and national policies, contemporary concepts and exemplary case studies of community conservation.

The CCIP workshop provided creative opportunities for community-to-community exchange of ideas and experiences about innovations and progress on local conservation efforts, while also informing participants about the latest on REDD and other international policy issues relevant to community conservation efforts. Participants explored ways of enriching networks that focus on community conservation, especially the Indigenous and Community Conserved Area Consortium (ICCA Consortium), IUCN´s Joint WCPA and CEESP Theme/Strategic Direction on Governance, Communities, Equity, and Livelihood Rights in Relation to Protected Areas (TILCEPA); CEESP Theme on Governance, Equity and Rights (TGER), the Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas (CSVPA), and the WCPA Protected Landscapes Task Force.

CCIP workshop participants then shared their results and perspectives at the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) congress ( 9 – 14 May), as well as engaged in a discussion of “Dueling Designations: Supporting official recognition of indigenous participation in community protected areas and sacred natural sites” at the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) annual meeting (15 – 17 May), also in Tofino. The CCIP workshop was made possible by support from The Christensen Fund.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Erin Smith at Global Diversity.