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EditPhoto Title:Partnering with indigenous peoples and local communities
EditPhoto Description:Around the world, indigenous peoples and local communities are on the front lines of conservation.
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EditImage Description:SLP staffer Tonggo Manurung discusses rubber supply chain issues with Faizal Reza of local NGO OKR and middleman Amir Hussein in Pagaran Galagala village, Mandailing Natal, North Sumatra.
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Around the world, indigenous peoples and local communities are on the front lines of conservation.

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLE are people who have a historical continuity of living within specific lands and who self-identify as such a group.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES depend directly on their ecosystems for their livelihoods and as a result have developed traditional knowledge about their area.

While these two groups may have much in common, there are some key distinctions between them, including how their rights are recognized in global policy processes. Collectively, indigenous peoples and local communities are often referred to as “IPLCs.”

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    ​​​Using their traditional knowledge of nature, they are often stewards of biodiversity on their ancestral lands.​ Unfortunately, the destruction of nature often hits them first and hardest. Already, deforestation, overfishing and climate change — combined with poverty or lack of opportunity — are undermining their ability to protect their lands, and with it the benefits that these lands provide to them and to humanity.

    Conservation International (CI) is working to turn this around. We’re connecting indigenous peoples and local communities to funding, training and technology and helping secure their land rights so that protecting nature also protects their livelihoods.

    What we do

    Conservation International has been working with indigenous peoples and local communities for 30 years, developing expertise, credibility and trust with our partners. One of the first organizations to develop a policy for partnering with indigenous peoples, CI recognizes the importance of full and effective participation for all communities in conservation.

    How we do it

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    EditText:CI aims to put funding for climate change action and natural resource management directly in the hands of IPLCs.
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    EditCaption Title:Brazil’s Kayapó: Stewards of the Forest
    EditCaption Description:In the Brazilian Amazon, CI works to support the Kayapó indigenous people in their efforts to protect their culture and lands. In 2011, CI created the Kayapó Fund, the first trust fund to provide long-term financing for conservation of the Amazon by indigenous peoples. This funding ensures that the Kayapó can thrive economically while preventing deforestation.
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    EditCaption Title:Direct access for climate change funding for IPLCs
    EditCaption Description:CI plays a key role in the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, an innovative grant program for fighting forest loss by putting project design and funding decisions in the hands of IPLCs. As the executing agency for the fund, CI works with major indigenous peoples and local communities networks to train them on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and enable their participation in REDD+ processes.
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    EditText:Recognizing the value of incorporating traditional knowledge in conservation, CI works to incorporate indigenous perspectives into our work.
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    EditCaption Title:Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship
    EditCaption Description:This fellowship provides opportunities for indigenous leaders to explore the ways that traditional knowledge and scientific information can be used to address climate change and biodiversity loss.
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    EditCaption Title:Free, Prior and Informed Consent
    EditCaption Description:CI is a proponent of the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), which refers to the right of indigenous peoples to give or withhold their consent for any action that would affect their lands, territories or rights. To date, CI is the only conservation organization to have developed guidelines on FPIC.
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    EditText:CI brings the expertise and experience of indigenous peoples and local communities to national and international policy arenas.
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    EditCaption Title:Supporting indigenous participation in the UNFCCC
    EditCaption Description:Since 2010, CI and partners have worked with the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change to conduct workshops with indigenous representatives on key UNFCCC issues. These meetings enable indigenous peoples to develop engagement strategies to address their rights in the various discussions of the negotiations.
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    EditCaption Title:Communities incentivized to protect Ecuador’s forests
    EditCaption Description:Since 2008, Socio Bosque, a program developed by the Ecuadorian government with technical support from CI, has been providing direct economic incentives for local and indigenous communities who voluntarily commit to protecting their forests. It has been one of the world’s most collaborative and successful conservation incentive initiatives.
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    EditCaption Title:Training indigenous leaders in San Martín, Peru
    EditCaption Description:CI promotes the exchange of traditional and technical knowledge about climate change with San Martín’s indigenous people; to date CI has taught 10 indigenous technicians about climate change and trained them to share this information with their communities, adapting concepts to suit local realities.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Nolsita Siyang, a forest ranger who regularly patrols the protected area surrounding her village on the island of Palawan, Philippines.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Areng River, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia
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    EditNewsletter Message:Get the latest updates on CI’s work with communities around the world delivered to your inbox.
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