Project title

Planning for ILK participation in IPBES through Centre of Excellence on Traditional Knowledge

Implementing Institutions

Ngati Hine, AIPP, FPP, IIN, Forest Peoples Programme

Country/Countries

Global

Abstract

Indigenous Peoples and local community representatives active in IPBES work as an informal network on Indigenous and Local Knowledge in our communities, countries and regions.  We agreed to enhance our institutional presence and capacities as a knowledge network by activating ourselves as “Centres of Excellence on Indigenous and Local Knowledge” for coordinating our global work. We need an inception workshop to plan and upscale our collaboration across geographies and themes with a focus on effective mobilisation for IPBES deliverables in its current work programme.

Project Description

IPBES-accredited Indigenous Peoples and local community organisations working on Indigenous and Local Knowledge have agreed to enhance our institutional presence and capacities by forming a global network of “Centres of Excellence on Indigenous and Local Knowledge”. To date, we have collaborated on community-based monitoring and information systems (CBMIS) using culturally relevant indicators on the state of biodiversity and traditional knowledge.  We have also participated in a range of IPBES-related dialogue workshops on linking science, ILK and diverse knowledge systems. The dispersed character of indigenous and local knowledge experts and organisations, lacking formal coordination mechanisms has made it extremely difficult to effectively engage with IPBES processes and work programme which has time-bound products.

Governments and scientists have many formal institutions to carry out IPBES-related work, but Indigenous Peoples and local communities are less institutionalised, often-times collaborating on an ad-hoc basis.  A perception that ILK holders are ‘invisible and hard to reach’ needs overcoming by creating a stronger institutional presence and clear mechanisms for reaching ILK experts. It is timely to create an institutional framework for networking existing organisations and experts on ILK in the form of Centres of Excellence on Indigenous and Local Knowledge. We plan to hold an inception workshop to upscale our effective collaboration across geographies and themes with a focus on capacity-building and effective mobilisation for IPBES deliverables.

Project Objectives and expected Achievables

To hold one inception and planning workshop to network Centres of Excellence on Indigenous and Local Knowledge with the following objectives and deliverables:

1. 15 IPLC experts will hold an inception workshop for operationalization of “Centres of Excellence on Indigenous and Local Knowledge” as a global network - 

2. Written Plan for increased and effective engagement by ILK experts in the IPBES Work Programme (2016-2020)

3. Identification of capacity-building needs and corresponding capacity building activities relating to implementing the above-mentioned engagement plan on IPBES deliverables

4. Outreach Plan towards other indigenous and local communities experts, organisations and networks

5. Project Proposal with budget for carrying out planned actions

Timeframe

< 1 year

Geographic Scale

Multinational

Seeking Resources for:

Project development

Type of Resources/Support needed:

Financial

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Projects aligned with IPBES' work on capacity-building seeking support