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Supporting Community Conservation

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The aim of the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) is to contribute to the implementation of the CBD’s 2011-­2020 Strategic Plan and Aichi Targets by providing policy advice on effective and appropriate forms of support for community conservation. The project is documenting and reviewing the findings of bottom-­up, participatory assessments in 22 countries (see map below) of the resilience of community conservation initiatives and the support that should be provided to strengthen these initiatives. The results of the assessments are being widely disseminated and fed into the deliberations of the Convention on Biological Diversity and related international policy processes through an active outreach and advocacy campaign. You can view and download all of the CCRI publications to date here. The project will run until April 2019, and numerous CCRI projects have already led to inspiring results, teaching us a great deal about the best ways to design, develop and implement community conservation projects.

Map of Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) sites


Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health: community conservation in Sri Lanka

Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health: community conservation in Sri Lanka

Today is International Day for Biological Diversity, and the theme this year is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”. Unfortunately, many biodiversity conservation schemes globally see communities as part of the problem and actively seek to exclude them from protected areas, which seriously harms their food security and access to traditional health care. We believe in a rights-based approach, where local communities and Indigenous Peoples are supported to protect and conserve biodiversity themselves. Instead of denying communities access to land …

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