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ICCA-GSI engages Natural Justice 14 June 2018
Natural Justice joins the ICCA-GSI as the global technical partner to provide legal, policy and other technical support for the recognition and conservation of protected and conserved areas, which may fall under any of four main governance assessment types. These include governance by (i.) government, (ii.) various rights-holders and stakeholders (i.e. shared governance), (iii.) private ...read more
SGP at the 21st meeting on Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) 18 December 2017
The GEF SGP presented their continuous support to Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs), and their work on the preservation of traditional knowledge (TK) and sustainable use of biodiversity at the 21st meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), held in Montreal, Canada on 14-17 December 2017. SGP has supported over 650 projects related ...read more
Safeguarding the ICCA of Guiers Lake 11 June 2018
The ICCA of Lac de Guiers covers an area of ​​3400 hectares of landscapes and seascapes.  Its water bodies consists of two islets and five spawning grounds that are separated by four terrestrial enclaves formed by dunes and land composed of agricultural areas and local forests.  Lac de Guiers is also designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by the Birdlife International (an ...read more
Preserving the local wisdom of Arhuaco, Kankuamo, Kogi, Wiwa indigenous groups 10 June 2018
In Colombia, SGP is implementing 33 projects, valued at over $1m USD, aimed at increasing the recognition of ICCAs. The projects target different types of ICCAs such those that are defined, desired and disrupted, and thus encompassing cultural wealth of indigenous, afrocolombian and peasant communities and diversity in varied landscapes and ecosystems. Particularly, the ICCA-GSI project titled ...read more
Increasing recognition for Indonesia's Talang Mamak indigenous peoples for policy influence 10 June 2018
In the Riau Province, the Talang Mamak indigenous peoples of Indragiri Hulu are also known as “Tuku Tuha" which means ‘the first tribe to come is more entitled to natural resources’.  Their identity can never be separated from the forests they live in, which are governed based on their customary law and have been their main source of livelihood for centuries.  However, the ...read more
Protecting traditional knowledge amidst modernization lures in Morocco 09 June 2018
Located in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, Oukaimeden is a natural and cultural heritage and a repository of immeasurable history. For generations, the Agdal of Oukaimeden has been preserved by the Berber transhumant tribes wherein the area is closed for 5 months yearly to allow land and species regeneration. It is the key source of community livelihoods and its governance system is anchored ...read more
Reducing pollution in the Karataska lagoon, Honduras 05 June 2018
Every June 5th since 1974, the global community has observed World Environment Day to bring worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. This year the theme for WED is “Beat Plastic Pollution.” Plastic has many valuable uses; however, we have become reliant on single use and disposable plastics, with severe environmental consequences. With the goal of improving ...read more
SGP Colombia in support of Indigenous community 31 May 2018
GEF SGP in Colombia, through GSI - ICCA partnership, provides support to indigenous communities for biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods and resilience to climate change effects of territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples. Project COL/SGP/OP5/Y6/CORE/BD/2017/07, implemented in an emblematic territory conserved by indigenous peoples from the Yuruparí culture, ...read more
National Coordinator of the GEF Small Grants Programme in Nigeria wins Conservation Award 22 May 2018
Nigeria’s vast biodiversity is challenged by a number of threats, including poor natural resource management, rapid and uncontrolled development, and lack of technical capacity. To address this, Nigeria has established a number of protected areas, including several national parks, 11 Ramsar sites and two World Heritage sites. In this context and to further the work on biodiversity conservation ...read more
Rural Women Leading on Climate Resilience 06 April 2018
The 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nation Headquarters in New York, March 12th to 23rd. The priority theme of the 62nd Commission is the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality, and the empowerment of rural women and girls. In that event, on Monday, March 19th SGP co-organized a side event on Rural Women Leading Climate ...read more