Global Publications

A community based approach to resilient and sustainable landscapes: lessons from Phase II of the COMDEKS programme

This publication shows how much progress has been made in defining the goals, planning processes, funding mechanisms, and monitoring systems needed to make sustainable landscape management a reality. The case studies provide valuable examples of the COMDEKS approach and the improvements in ecosystem services, and rural productivity, income, and community empowerment that result.
The publication is comprised of two parts:
Part I summarizes the defining principles of the COMDEKS community-based landscape management approach, and sets out the step-by-step process used to apply the approach.
Part II presents up-to-date case material for each of the ten countries participating in Phase II of the COMDEKS Programme. This material describes the target landscapes, sets the local context of environmental, social, and economic conditions and challenges; describes the participatory landscape planning process; enumerates local program activities; and reports preliminary findings. Part II ends with a short consideration of what the COMDEKS Programme has achieved, how these insights can be applied both within and beyond UNDP, and the challenges that lie ahead for the COMDEKS community-based landscape approach.

Country: Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Indonesia, Kyrgystan, Mongolia, Namibia, Niger; Partnerships: COMDEKS; Theme: Landscape or Seascape; Type: Case Study, Report  

Filesize: 7.7 MB
COMDEKS: Governance of Socio- Ecological production landscapes, a guidance note and self-assessment tool

This publication provides guidance to organizations involved in landscape approaches on how to understand and improve the governance setting of the landscape, with a focus on the community perspective.
The document contains two parts:
Part 1 of the document is a general guidance note that provides an overview of the importance and challenges of governance in socio-ecological production landscapes; guidance on how to integrate governance into the planning and execution of strategic landscape processes; and examples of measures to support local communities in their efforts to improve the governance of their socio-ecological production landscapes.
Part 2 is a governance self-assessment tool that communities, and their supporting organizations, can use to understand and analyze governance processes in their landscape, and to reflect on possible actions.

Partnerships: COMDEKS  

Filesize: 5.94 MB
Community action to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets - the COMDEKS programme

This booklet highlights COMDEKS contributions to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the critical role that local communities play in ecosystem protection and biodiversity conservation.
The publication contains two parts:
Part 1 introduces COMDEKS and its community-based landscape approach for conserving ecosystems and biodiversity and promoting sustainable livelihoods. It outlines the rationale for why community action is vital to conserving biodiversity in rural landscapes outside of Protected Areas.
Part 2 portrays how COMDEKS has contributed to achieving all five of the Strategic Goals of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and many of the individual Aichi Biodiversity Targets, showcasing a variety of best practices and results from supported projects.


Filesize: 13.51 MB
COMDEKS: Developing and promoting agro-ecological innovations to address agroecological resilience in production landscapes

This guide provides conceptual and methodological elements for developing and promoting agroecological innovations within country strategies to address agroecosystem resilience in specific production landscapes. It is intended to serve as the basis for the implementation of the Innovative Agroecology component of the GEF Small Grants Programme in its 6th Operational phase, and to provide guidance for the agroecosystem outcome of the COMDEKS landscape approach.
The guidance note explains basic agroecological concepts, principles and its application in the design and management of biodiverse and resilient farming systems. Building on the COMDEKS landscape approach, the guide strengthens its agroecosystem component to more effectively build the social, economic and ecological resilience of production landscapes.

Partnerships: COMDEKS; Theme: Landscape or Seascape; Type: How -to Toolkit  

Filesize: 1.58 MB
Landscape governance in Socio-Ecological production landscapes and seascapes: Experiences from COMDEKS programme

This publication presents experiences from successful on-the-ground actions to maintain and rebuild socio-ecological production landscapes with particular respect to landscape governance, drawing on COMDEKS-supported projects in Ecuador, Ghana and Indonesia.
This publication has three principal parts:
(1) The introduction briefly outlines the importance of governance in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes;
(2) Three case studies describe the socio-ecological landscape and its governance structure at the onset of each project, the COMDEKS landscape strategy and activities, developments in governance during the project, and finally lessons learned and challenges ahead; and
(3) The conclusions attempt to sum up the lessons learned and successful approaches from these COMDEKS experiences with respect to landscape governance.

Country: Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia; Partnerships: COMDEKS; Type: Case Study  

Filesize: 5.66 MB
Community-based mercury management

Country: Ghana, Ukraine; Area of work: Chemicals; Type: Brochure  

Filesize: 873.74 kB
Manuel des données d' ICCA

Ce manuel a été écrit pour les populations autochtones ou les communautés locales qui ont déterminé que leur territoire ou aire répond aux critères qui définissent une APAC (voir les termes clés), autrement considéré comme un territoire ou une aire dont la gouvernance, gestion et conservation est assurée par une population autochtone ou une communauté locale. Il est aussi conçu pour ceux qui travaillent en étroite collaboration avec les conservateurs d’APAC, tel que les ONG locales qui peuvent souhaiter soumettre des informations concernant une ou plusieurs APAC. Il n’est pas destiné à être utilisé par des gouvernements. Les gouvernements qui souhaitent fournir des informations concernant leurs systèmes d’aires protégées sont orientés vers le manuel d’utilisation de la WDPA.

Le manuel est conçu pour aider les populations autochtones et les communautés locales à inscrire leurs APAC dans la WDPA (Base de données mondiale sur les aires protégées) et/ou l’ICCA Registry (le registre des APAC). Les communautés ont différentes raisons pour inscrire leurs territoires ou aires. Ces raisons comprennent la volonté de sensibiliser aux efforts de conservation et de subsistance, de soutenir le tourisme local, d’aider à protéger des espèces importantes culturellement, ou de démontrer leur leadership parallèlement à d’autres types d’aires protégées.
Area of work: Biodiversity; Priority Group: Indigenous People; Partnerships: ICCA-GSI; Theme: ICCAs, Traditional Knowledge; Type: How -to Toolkit  

Filesize: 1.69 MB