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International processes

International processes play a crucial role in shaping policies and practices at all levels related to biodiversity conservation and the rights of indigenous peoples. A key international process for this initiative is the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). 

This project will focus on embedding recognition and support for indigenous peoples and local community actions into every level of the implementation and monitoring of global the CBD process and commitments, and in participation in national planning and monitoring.

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Members of the Transformative Pathways project travelled to Thailand for the annual meeting. Photo by FPP.

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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…
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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…

Second Transformative Pathways In-Person Meeting 

In February 2024, twelve project partners of the Transformative Pathways consortium gathered for the second in-person planning and review meeting at Laboot, Chepkitale in Kenya. The meeting hosted nearly 80 participants, including representatives of all organisations, and local community members of the Ogiek of Mt…

E-Sak Ka Ou Declaration

This declaration was developed at the Asia Regional Conference on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Biodiversity, and Climate Change, held on November 5-8, 2023 in Krabi, Thailand. “Life and land are the same. We are the same as the land. We come from the land. We go…
IIFB Indigenous caucus at COP15 in Montreal, Canada.

Indigenous Peoples and the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Agreement

During UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP15 meeting in Montreal, December 2022, representatives from Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), UNEP-WCMC, Indigenous Information Network (IIN), The Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampis Nation (GTANW), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and IMPECT all participated. Global and local project partners supported…
EN: Yanesha woman spinning. Central forest. Photo: Bruno Takahashi/ CHIRAPAQ. ES (original): Mujer Yanesha hilando. Selva Central. Foto: Bruno Takahashi/ CHIRAPAQ.

Showcase on Indigenous contributions to biodiversity conservation: Transformative Pathways website launches

The Transformative Pathways website, launched on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, is a platform to evidence Indigenous Peoples' and Local Communities’ work safeguarding biodiversity across the globe. The website is a repository of information  to ensure that Indigenous voices are heard in global biodiversity policy.…

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To complement this work, the project also engages with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a group of government and civil society organizations that work to advance the conservation of nature.

Other key collaborations are with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which functions as a policy platform into the CBD, as well as the Centrers of Distinction on Indigenous and Local Knowledge (COD-ILK). This last organization is a network of indigenous leaders, experts, professionals, and allies that promote the value of the knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in science and policy.

The project also provides networking and technical support for the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), who are the representative forum for indigenous peoples within the CBD processes and who manage to insert the recognition of indigenous peoples and local communities’ rights in the recently established Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

At a global level, the GBF provides strong foundations for the work of this project, but the way the framework is translated onto a national, regional, and local level needs further support. Effective implementation of these frameworks requires the active involvement of indigenous peoples and strong commitments from governments and other stakeholders to ensure that their rights and contributions are acknowledged and upheld.

This project supports international engagement by indigenous peoples’ representatives. This complements the ongoing work at the international level required to complete and support the monitoring, reporting, and verification of the GBF framework.

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Ogiek community member, Teresa Chemosop celebrates during community assemblies at Laboot, Mt. Elgon, Kenya. Photo by Shadrak Mutai/CIPDP