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The WIN World Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Land and Sea Managers is a network that brings together indigenous and local community land and sea managers to share their knowledge and practices in managing ecosystems, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable livelihoods.

The overall aim of WIN is to facilitate increased learning among indigenous and local community land and sea managers to:

• better conserve biological diversity;
• sustainably use natural resources;
• improve knowledge transmission; and
• improve economic opportunities for sustainable livelihoods.




Prof. James Anaya

The inaugural WIN Conference, hosted by the Australian Government and the Larrakia people, the traditional owners of Darwin,  took place in Australia from 26 to 29 May 2013. The conference brought together indigenous and local community land and sea managers from over fifty countries to share experience and identify issues of common concern that could be supported by a larger network.

Approximately 1200 delegates attended the conference which included workshops and plenary addresses on subjects ranging from preservation of ecosystems and the sustainable use of protected natural areas to food security and social change.  Special guests included the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Professor James Anaya.


WIN Secretariat

In July 2013 WIN officially became part of the United Nations after the government of Australia handed over its management to the Equator Initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society organizations, academic and research institutions to advance local sustainable development solutions and support indigenous and local communities worldwide through global recognition, the Equator Prize, capacity development and knowledge generation.

With over ten years of experience working directly with indigenous and local communities; the Equator Initiative holds a database of 12 detailed case studies of community practice; and a capacity development model – the community dialogue – that links the grassroots perspective in international policy decision-making.

The Equator Initiative is located in UNDP, the UN’s global development network with offices and programmes in 170 countries and territories, and a well-established, trusted partnership with governments across the globe.

WIN Consultation Summary


Delegates at WIN Conference

A widespread consultation process took place between 6 May and 21 June 2013 to encourage broad participation and engagement in the overall focus and strategy of WIN. The International Reference Group – a group of advisors made up of representatives from the Australian government, the United Nations Development Programme, the Convention on Biological Diversity; indigenous peoples’ organizations and community-based organizations, broadly shared a scoping paper through their networks and constituencies. The scoping paper sought direct inputs through a set of questions on WIN’s role and priority areas of work. The results of this process informed the overall direction of WIN and solidified its mandate.

Thirty-three written submissions were received by the Secretariat. These submissions came from 16 countries, including Canada, Ecuador, The Gambia, Malaysia, Swaziland and Australia. Submissions were received in both English and Spanish, with 53 per cent from women and 47 per cent from men.

The consultation process highlighted the importance of keeping WIN as a tool for indigenous and local community land and sea managers; and ensuring it is relevant locally, regionally and internationally. A wide range of issues were raised for inclusion in the WIN framework such as traditional knowledge, health, land rights, youth and gender. The role of advocacy for WIN was a central theme as was the need for biodiversity and culture to be considered as one. There was however an understanding that to be effective WIN cannot focus on everything. There must be a process of prioritizing the aims of WIN. It was also recognized that what WIN can achieve will be determined on the funding it can secure. The summary report presents the key messages received through the consultation. You can read the summary report here.

In June 2012 at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Australia’s former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, with the support of Brazil, New Zealand and Norway announced Australia’s intention to create a global network for indigenous and local community land and sea managers to share their knowledge and practice on sustainable environmental management.

Australia hosted the network until its management was handed over to the Equator Initiative in July 2013.

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