Community-to-community exchanges enhance skills and build the technical, organizational, and personal capacity of indigenous and local community land and sea managers in environmental management. Community exchanges can take different forms, for example through workshops and organized field trips such as the Community-to-Community Exchange and Capacity Development Workshop for Traditional Knowledge Holders held in India, or through the walking workshop methodology used at the workshop titled Landscape Approaches for Mountain Community Sustainable Development in a time of climate change, held in China, and/or onsite peer-to-peer visits such as the WIN Knowledge Exchange Project.
CBD Workshop for Latin American and Caribbean Region
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held a regional training workshop for the Latin America and Caribbean region on Community Protocols, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use of Biodiversity under the CBD. The workshop took place from 23-37 May 2016 in Panama City, Panama.
Policy Consultation and South-South Exchange Workshop and
INMIP Mountain Community Exchange Walking Workshop
Two events were held in Yunnan Province, China, between 19-23 May 2016, to explore landscape approaches for sustainable development of mountain communities. The first event was a Policy Consultation and South-South Exchange Workshop, held in Lijiang, 19-20 May. The second event was the INMIP (International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples) Mountain Community Exchange Walking Workshop in Stone Village, 19-23 May.
WIN at the ABS Community Exchange
The Community-to-Community Exchange and Capacity Development Workshop for Traditional Knowledge Holders, supported by United Nations University, the GIZ ABS Initiative and the Equator Initiative, in partnership with Transdisciplinary University, Bioversity International, and the Biodiversity and Community Health Initiative, gathered together a diverse group of community representatives, researchers, and policy makers from India, Central Asia, and Africa to discuss issues around Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and the conservation, protection, and valorization of biodiversity, and traditional knowledge. The event took place in Bangalore, India from 27 September to October, 2015.
The International Training and Dialog Workshops in Panajachel, Guatemala were hosted by the government of Guatemala and the Secretariat of the
United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the International Indigenous Forum (IIFB), Forest People Programme (FPP), Natural Justice (NJ), SwedBio, and Sotzil Association. They focused on Community-based Monitoring, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge, and Customary Sustainable Use and Community Protocols (8-10 June, 2015), and on Assessment of Collective Action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation Resource Mobilization (11-13 June).