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Biodiversity monitoring

Community-based monitoring and reporting is critical for understanding and conserving the world’s biodiversity. To be successful, it needs the effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities who have detailed knowledge about local territorial and ecosystems management.  

The Transformative Pathways project supports the co-development of community-owned monitoring frameworks, using a set of locally-defined cultural and biodiversity indicators and linking these to national and global monitoring and reporting of progress towards the achievement of the 4 goals and 23 targets of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. 

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Foresters carefully mark the trees for easier monitoring during a training on resource inventory mapping held in Nueva Viscaya, Philippines. Photo by Ella Carino/PIKP

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Project Update April 2024

This Project Update, published in April 2024, brings together updates from the Transformative Pathways partners on their key activities and work undertaken since the start of the project in 2022.   Capacity building sessions on biodiversity monitoring have been a key part of the first phase…

Introduction to community-based environmental monitoring: practical guidance for monitoring of natural resources by Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

This guide is for the local organisations working with communities (e.g. community-based organisations and local non-governmental organisations), which are facilitating Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPs and LCs) to design and implement environmental and biodiversity monitoring activities on their lands. The guide includes approaches and…

Community-Based Monitoring and Information Systems in the Philippines 

Resource inventory in Ibaloy ancestral land claims  Residents of Sitio Muyot, Barangay Happy Hollow in Baguio City, conducted a resource inventory within the forested areas of their Ibaloy ancestral land claims last December 2023 and continued in March 2024, with the support of the Philippine…
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Project Partners in Thailand receive the E-Sak Ka Ou Declaration

We are thrilled to announce that the Thai version of the E-Sak Ka Ou Declaration has landed in the capable hands of our esteemed partner organizations of the transformative pathways project in Thailand.  Empowering Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Women, Indigenous Youth, and Indigenous Peoples with Disabilities…

Indigenous-Led Reforestation Efforts in Peru’s Andes and Amazon Regions

In February 2024, members of the indigenous Quechua communities of Cayara and Hualla in Ayacucho, in alliance with the municipalities of these districts and the Regional Department of Agriculture of Ayacucho, carried out an important reforestation work during the rainy season in the Andes. In…

Indigenous Conservation Advocates from Ayacucho and Pasco Input into Peru’s Updated Biodiversity Strategy 2050

In February 2024, 14 indigenous conservation advocates from the regions of Ayacucho and Pasco in Peru participated in the updating of the National Biodiversity Strategy 2050, contributing with their knowledge and experience to strengthen indigenous peoples’ initiatives in the protection of biological diversity and territorial…

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Supporting this work is ICCS, who are co-developing and piloting a suite of new biodiversity monitoring methodologies and approaches, building on local and traditional knowledge and on the technical expertise of FPP and in-country partner organisations. ICCS also provide, where requested, ongoing support to project partners and communities to enhance their customary systems of conservation and natural resource management plans. Using these monitoring systems, communities will be able to assess key biodiversity indicators such as key species, ecosystem health, traditional occupations.  

Bringing their expertise on biodiversity indicators into the project, UNEP-WCMC are supporting the development of relevant indicators to evidence the vital role that Indigenous Peoples and local communities play in the realisation of the Global Biodiversity Framework and, more broadly, in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. They also ensure synergies with the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP), a global initiative whose secretariat is provided by UNEP-WCMC.

An  Ogiek man inspects mushrooms. Chepkitale, in Kenya, has many edible mushroom varieties. Photo by Kibelio/CIPDP