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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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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…

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 2023, 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…
Oryx Special Edition, Human Rights and Conservation

Human Rights and Conservation: The critical role of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

World first for Conservation Journal, Oryx, as Indigenous-authored special edition launches The May edition of Oryx, The International Journal of Conservation, sheds light on the critical role of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in global efforts to sustainably use and conserve biodiversity. In a first for…

Indigenous Peoples’ Voices on Biodiversity

In commemoration of the International Day for Biodiversity, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) featured powerful videos that showcased the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Women, and Indigenous Youth. With the theme "From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity," this year's celebration served as a…
Group photo of the Transformative Pathways Annual Review and Planning Meeting, Included were community members from Thailand, indigenous representatives and staff from partners in Peru, Thailand, Philippines and Kenya, as well as staff from global supporting organizations. Chiang Mai, 2023. The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen the project, reflecting on the previous year, plan for the next, share workplans, participate in capacity-building sessions on CBD international policy processes, workshops on sharing biodiversity monitoring experiences, and advocacy strategies. Photo by PASD.

First Transformative Pathways In-Person Meeting: Annual Planning and Review

The first in-person meeting of the Transformative Pathways consortium took place in Thailand in February 2023. Around 50 participants were present, including project partners, community members and Thai officials. The first day was focused on partner presentations which explored their visions for how this project…

PIKP February 2023 Update

To prepare for the global discussions on the Convention on Biological Diversity in the last quarter of 2022, the Partners for Indigenous Knowledge Philippines (PIKP) met with the national agency Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Biodiversity Management Bureau and took part in its…

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

Other key collaborations will be 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 organisation is a network of indigenous leaders, experts, professionals and allies which promotes the value of the knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in science and policy.  

The project will also provide 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 managed 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 will support international engagement by indigenous peoples’ representatives. This will complement the on-going work at the international level that is 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