International Training and Dialog Workshops in Panajachel, Guatemala
The workshops 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 the following:
- Community-based Monitoring, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge, and Customary Sustainable Use and Community Protocols (8-10 June) Click here for a complete summary.
- Assessment of Collective Action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation Resource Mobilization (11-13 June) Click here for a complete summary.
The training workshop 8-10 June provided an opportunity to build and strengthen the capacity of representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities and government officials working on issues related to traditional knowledge, as well as to have discussions about the gaps, challenges and recommendations to the CBD’s work. The workshop was also used to provide advice on the development and design of guidelines and specific content (Indicators, Customary Sustainable Use and Community Protocols) for the four regional programs for Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific planned by the CBD, to take place during 2016.
I. Community-based Monitoring, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge, and Customary Sustainable Use and Community Protocols
Two Mayan spiritual leaders opened the workshop. Participants were then welcomed by Guatemalan Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs; by the governor of the State of Solola; by the Executive Secretary of Guatemala’s National Commision for Protected Areas; by CBD Program Officer on Traditional Knowledge; by the President of the Indigenous Fund, and by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative in Guatemala.
Representatives of the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) Mr. Maurizio Ferrari and Ms. Caroline de Jong provided an introduction to article 10(c) of the Convention. FPP provided a background to the global Plan of Action for Customary Sustainable Use of the CBD and shared various case studies which provided general or common customary rules.
The third day of the workshop, participants worked in regional groups to agree on possible content and additional donors that could be approached, timing and possible venues for the four regional training workshops, organized by the CBD to be held in 2016.
The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) hosted a dialogue workshop on Assessment of Collective Action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation and Resource Mobilization in Panajachel, Guatemala from 11-13 June 2015.
Panel on values, valuation and measuring the benefits of collective action and the contribution to biological diversity followed by a panel dialogue on methods for measuring and aggregating data related to collective action.
The last day of the discussion began with a half-day field trip to San Jose la Laguna, where the government of Guatemala is working with the local community to improve their wellbeing, through the use of traditional knowledge and collective action.