The Equator Initiative – a key partner of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative – is a partnership that works to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. It is a multi-sector partnership – bringing together the United Nations, governments, civil society organizations, and academic institutions –committed to shining a spotlight on local sustainable development success, and to advancing environment and development strategies that are informed by the needs, capabilities and transformative potential of community-based groups.
WIN, WORLD NETWORK OF INDIGENOUS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LAND AND SEA MANAGERS
One of the Equator Initiative’s key areas of work is WIN. WIN 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 network responds to a growing demand from indigenous and local communities for a mechanism to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and alliance building.
WIN PRE-WORLD PARKS CONGRESS WORKSHOP
Prior to the opening of the World Parks Congress indigenous and local community land and sea managers did participate in a three day pre–conference workshop titled, Communities conserving nature and culture— A gathering among indigenous peoples and local communities from five continents to be held in the Blue Mountains. The workshop is organized by the ICCA Consortium, Equator Initiative’s WIN, UNDP GEF-Small Grants Programme, the Kimberley Land Council and other Australian and international partners. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in establishing and managing protected areas in their territories and to prepare for the WPC.
THE WIN and PACIFIC COMMUNITY DIALOGUE PAVILION AT THE SIXTH IUCN WORLD PARKS CONGRESS (WPC)
The WIN and Pacific Community Dialogue Pavilion is co-hosted by the Equator Initiative’s WIN and IUCN Oceania with the support of other interested partners. Thanks to the partnership with IUCN Oceania a Pacific thematic focus will be seen throughout the week.
The community dialogue includes a mix of expert led sessions, events such as films and book launches and capacity development workshops like a three-dimensional community mapping training. The pavilion is designed to look like a community space that is “owned” by the participants. As participants will be engaging in the thematic WPC official streams it will also be a place to return to – to share their learning from the official discussions. The pavilion will run parallel to the official congress and a fruitful exchange is expected between the discussions at the pavilion and those in the congress. The pavilion is open to all thereby WPC participants/guests are welcome to join in the dialogue discussions and trainings.