Conservation Standards Projects On Indigenous Land And Water

Focused on using the Conservation
Standards with Indigenous Communities

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Welcome to the online home of the Community of Practice (CoP) on Indigenous Conservation Standards projects and CS projects on Indigenous Land and Waters!

Our community aims to support Indigenous CS practitioners and conservation coaches working on CS projects on Indigenous Lands and Waters, fostering collaboration to grow our conservation practice into the future.

Indigenous People make up less than 5% of the global population, yet they inhabit a quarter of all land in the world. Indigenous lands and waters are valuable for conservation with 65% not being intensively developed. Indigenous territories represent 40% of land listed by national governments around the world that are being managed for conservation.

This general trend is itself reflected in an increase in CS projects with Indigenous people globally. A maturing body of work and a growing group of contributors significantly improves this community of practice for CS projects with Indigenous People on their lands and waters.

To share experiences with other Indigenous coaches and practitioners, join our group’s discussion forum, the CCNet listserv “CoP – Indigenous CS projects and CS projects on Indigenous Land and Waters.” Please contact Frank Weisenberger.

This map of Conservation Standards (CS) / Healthy Country Planning (HCP) projects with Indigenous and local communities has been developed to help CS / HCP coaches and practitioners to reach out and learn from others. This is a curated map – if you would like your project to be added, please contact Frank Weisenberger.

New Project: Scaling of Indigenous-led conservation using the Conservation Standards!

Seeking 3 x Regional Facilitators for development of case studies – Australia / North America / Latin America

The Community of Practice (CoP) on Indigenous Conservation Standards projects and CS projects on Indigenous Land and Waters is launching this new project, which seeks to identify and explore pathways for scaling the use of the CS by indigenous land and sea managers. We are looking for three Regional Facilitators to lead and run regional case studies. Expressions of interest are open until Sunday June 5th.  Find the invitation for EOI here.

The interim Community of Practice – Indigenous CS projects and CS projects on Indigenous Land and Waters leaders are:

Frank Weisenberger

Frank Weisenberger Consulting,

Sam Bayley

Regional Coordinator – Kimberley,
Conservation Management,

A key way to foster stronger collaboration in Indigenous Conservation Standards projects is to facilitate the sharing of experiences and appropriate tools. If your projects have developed tools and resources which are approved for sharing, please submit those to Frank Weisenberger.

Healthy Country Planning

Healthy Country Planning – This adaptation of the Conservation Standards has been proven and adapted on multiple Indigenous projects. In this link you will find presentations, workshop exercises, additional workshop resources to facilitate a Healthy Country Planning project or conduct a HCP training course, and examples from Healthy Country Plans produced by Indigenous communities in Australia. A brief summary of the HCP Process is provided in this document.

Please find examples here of Healthy Country Plans from Indigenous communities in Australia (additional examples can be found by searching for ‘Healthy Country Plans’ in your favourite search engine):

Tools and Resources

Here are tools and resources that have been developed by CS practitioners working with Indigenous communities to support and improve the planning and adaptive management process:

CCNet Indigenous Projects Discussion Forum

We have a discussion forum, the CCNet Indigenous Projects ListServ, for practitioners who are part of CCNet’s Community of Practice: Conservation Standards Projects with Indigenous Communities. This forum reaches across national, cultural, and organizational boundaries to enable Indigenous Groups and conservation practitioners who collaborate in Indigenous CS Projects to share experiences, useful tools, and opportunities relating to their application of the Conservation Standards and adaptations such as Healthy Country Planning. Topics in this group relate to the practice of conservation and sustainable development in projects managed by and/or where resources are owned by Indigenous Communities.

To join this discussion forum, please send a message to Frank Weisenberger briefly sharing your experience using the Conservation Standards, Healthy Country Planning or another related approach in Indigenous projects or with Indigenous partners.

The forum started in May of 2019. If you are a subscriber, you can view the full archive.

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The Conservation Coaches Network aims to improve conservation by empowering people to develop, implement, evaluate, adapt and share effective strategies that achieve tangible conservation results benefitting both people and nature all over the world.

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Coaches Resource Library

CCNet maintains a variety of resources to support Coaches in the presentation and use of the Conservation Standards. Most of the resources are found in multiple languages in the Coaches Notebook that is part of CCNet New Coach Trainings. In addition, in our Resource Library you can find a wealth of support materials shared by Coaches and Conservation Standards practitioners.

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Our Collaborators

Every organization, agency, project, and individual has its own preferred set of terms. There is no right answer – the most important thing is that the members of your project team and the people with whom you work have a clear and common understanding of whatever terms you choose to use.

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The Conservation Standards is the product of inputs, field tests, and discussions among members of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), which has final editorial authority over the Conservation Standards. Substantial input was also provided by members of the Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet) and other CMP partners.

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Contact CCNet

To inquire about supporting CCNet or for general inquiries, please contact:

John Morrison - CCNet Global Coordinator
Cristina Lasch - CCNet Technical Coordinator

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