Global Publications
Global Support Initiative to ICCAs Brochure

The Global Support Initiative for Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI) was formed to broaden the range and quality of diverse governance types in recognizing ICCAs and achieve the Aichi 2020 targets.  The brochure highlights ICCA-GSI framework at the global, national and local level towards achieving Aichi 11, Aichi 14 and Aichi 18.

Area of work: Biodiversity; Priority Group: Indigenous Peoples; Partnerships: ICCA-GSI; Theme: ICCAs, Landscape/Seascape, Protected Areas, Traditional Knowledge; Cross Cutting: Governance; Type: Brochure  

Filesize: 2.07 MB
SGP 25th anniversary: Local action, global impact

This is a publication to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Small Grants Programme. With more than 21,000 projects carried out by civil society organizations and local communities and a comprehensive approach, working at multiple scales with a wide range of stakeholders, these innovative solutions have transformed the lives of local communities while at the same time achieving global environmental benefits. Today, SGP is recognized as one o most successful investments that support civil society and community initiatives.

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.

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.
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
SGP corporate brochure, 2017

This corporate brochure provides a brief overview of the Small Grants Programme and the results achieved by 2017.
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 Peoples; Partnerships: ICCA-GSI; Theme: ICCAs, Traditional Knowledge; Type: Manual/How -to-Toolkit  

Filesize: 1.69 MB
Herramientas de apoyo para la conservación por pueblos indígenas y comunidades locales (Spanish version of ICCA Toolkit)

The ICCA toolkit was intitally published in English in 2013.  It is now available in Spanish and French.

The toolkit documents sixteen case studies and highlights innovative tools and approaches developed to help local communities address critical challenges that affect their natural and cultural resources. It includes a diverse set of resources organized around five key themes (documentation, management planning, monitoring and evaluation, communication, and finance and values). The publication also offers a suite of tools to support the effectiveness and viability of ICCAs as governance structures for the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems.

In addition to being a valuable resource to practitioners, the toolkit provides a reminder to policy-makers that the achievement of the emerging post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) will need to be linked to a comprehensive valuation of ecosystem services, as well as to be spearheaded at the grassroots by local civil society initiatives.

Area of work: Biodiversity; Priority Group: Indigenous Peoples; Partnerships: COMPACT, ICCA-GSI; Theme: ICCAs, Protected Areas, Traditional Knowledge; Type: Manual/How -to-Toolkit  

Filesize: 5.15 MB
Community Approaches to Sustainable Land Management and Agroecology Practices

Sustainable Land Management is quickly becoming one of the largest portfolio of the SGP. Together with partners, the SGP supports community organizations to use approaches, techniques and methodologies in line with the principles of agroecology and climate-sensitive land resources management. In this publication, you will find good practices and approaches that has been tested and proven successful by SGP projects around the world. These initiatives have shown evidence on improved land management by communities, nested on traditional knowledge and innovation.