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Strategic support to territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs) in Kenya


Titre : Strategic support to territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs) in Kenya

Pays : Kenya

Numéro projet : KEN/ICCA-GSI/2017/01- ERMIS AFRICA

Durée : 6/2017 --- 6/2019

Bénéficiaire : ERMIS Africa

Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA) occupy a critical position in conserving the world’s biodiversity, preserving the Cultures of numerous traditional communities and providing livelihoods of world population. Despite this critical role played by ICCA, they have continued to face governance and management threats and challenges that have continued to endanger their existence and role in providing ecosystem services. In realization of this role and the threats and challenges facing them, the international community has initiated an innovative global to local governance mechanism aimed at safeguarding the numerous ICCAs from the drivers that work against their survival as well as ensuring that they continue delivering the multiple benefits they provide.
At the global level, the global ICCA Consortium has established a governance system to support world-wide ICCA safeguard initiatives as well as the establishment of regional and national ICCA structures as platforms for promoting the recognition and support mechanism for local ICCAs. Kenya has embraced the ICCA concept and has been laying governance foundations for the establishment of a National ICCA Network that will oversee the development of framework instruments and facilities to promote the recognition and support of local ICCA initiatives within the existing global to local institutional arrangements of governance. In support of national ICCA initiative, the ICCA Global Support Initiative (GSI) is providing financial support to national ICCA initiatives. In response, the Kenya ICCA National Steering Committee that oversees the ICCA agenda in the country, has developed this proposal with an objective of utilizing the funds to “facilitate, accompany and support the self-strengthening of ICCAs from national to local of governance in Kenya’.
To realize this objective, the project will undertake to establish a National ICCA Network, develop a national ICCA registry in the form of a database, compile a synthesis paper on the status of ICCA in Kenya, develop a criteria for identifying flagship ICCAs for testing and piloting demonstration activities on ICCA safeguards initiatives, and establish a quality check and peer-review mechanism for documenting and submitting data on ICCAs to the national ICCA registry, global ICCA registry and World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) of UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC). The project will be managed by ERMIS Africa and will be implemented through a ‘Collaborative Partnership on ICCA (CPI)’. The CPI is a formal, voluntary arrangement among 6 national NGOs with substantial programmes on ICCAs. The membership is open as arrangement with the organizations that form the national ICCA steering committee with tasks allocated on the basis of their comparative capacity advantage and management through a sub-contract agreement. These will include : ERMIS Africa, RECONCILE ; ICE , KENVO , EWC , WWF and KFWG . The organizations share their experiences and build on them to produce new benefits for their thematic operational mandate. They collaborate to streamline and align their work to national and international policy mechanism and to find ways of improving ICCAs governance processes. The project will as well build links with organizations that are at any given time implementing the regular SGP projects. This will progressively create a wide network of ICCAs actors that will engage and provide advice to the county and national government in how to mainstream ICCAs within their respective development process.

Grant Amount (GEF) : US$ 50,000.00
Co-Finanshing Cash : US$ 50,000.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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