6. Locally-managed ecosystems

Enable the role of local land users in territorial and ecosystem management, recognizing that sustainable development and the stewardship of ecosystems are best achieved through participatory decision-making and management at the territorial-level, empowering local land users and their communities with the authority, means and incentives to carry out this responsibility.

  • Albania

    In Albania, ILC member National Federation of Communal Forests and Pasture Association (NFCFPA) is working with regional federations, local government units, to ensure that capacities are increased for developing management tools and that strategies implemented are responding to expectations of rural villages and traditional uses of forests and pasturelands

  • Cambodia

    In Cambodia, our members in co-operation with the Ministry of Land, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC), are conducting trainings on the Community Forestry Management Plan (CFMP) for sub-national authorities and beneficiaries, and and are ensuring its' implementation in selected areas

  • Indonesia

    In Indonesia, our members are developing a map through participatory mapping practices, so that it may serve as best practice case when calling on the province to officially recognize communities' spatial land use and planning

  • Madagascar

    In Madagascar, our members are promoting synergies between access to land and management of land in order to improve the food security of selected communes

  • Guatemala

    In Guatemala, our members are ensuring that community consultations on the use and management of natural resources are followed by articulation to national level actors, through the organization of assemblies, action plans, community radio and other communication tools

Regional Initiatives

Pilot, Adapt and Scale-up Solutions: People-Centred Ecosystem Management

  • Preliminary regional meeting of ILC members to agree on common documentation templates/processes and national policy campaign strategies
  • Implementation of activities at local and national level to transform experiences into policy platforms and advocacy campaigns (2 countries per sub-region in Asia: Central, South, Southeast and Mekong sub-region)
  • Regional forum to share national experiences and formulation of a regional advocacy platform on people-centred ecosystem management
  • Learning visits to successful projects and promotional campaigns

Semiáridos (www.semiaridos.org/en)

  • Strengthen capacities of CSOs and key stakeholders regarding access to and control over land, territories and water in semi-arid areas, and promote good practices.
  • Systematize and disseminate knowledge on land and water issues in semi-arid regions.
  • To support political advocacy processes of indigenous and peasant organizations in semi-arid areas to effectively access to, use and manage their water, land and territories.

Rangelands Initiative

  • Exploring how rangelands can be made more secure for rangeland users, including pastoralists and how such security can better contribute to development processes
  • Providing access to information on different tenure types and governance systems that have had a positive impact towards securing tenure for rangeland users and their development processes
  • Sharing experiences between those working with and for rangeland users and with/between the rangeland users themselves, on how best land and resources can be protected in the future and under the influence of increasing and new challenges
  • Building capacity of ILC members and partners to play a greater role in processes, mechanisms and activities for securing rangelands for rangeland users

Global Policy

This commitment is gaining increasing attention and interest by our members, hence it will be a programmatic area that will see greater efforts in the near future. The focus of ILC and its members in this emerging programmatic area is on the linkages between land, water and ecosystem governance, with a particular focus on providing evidence and advocating how local, traditional knowledge and cultures can make significant contributions to the sustainable management of these resources. In the past few years, this was already tentatively explored in workshops organised by ILC in collaboration with the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and other CGIAR research centres.  In the future, ILC will move beyond the workshop dimension and will move towards more practical policy work, by bringing together members and partners with a common interest in environment and land governance, in particular UNCCD, UNEP, CBD and the CGIAR centres, to strengthen incipient collaboration in areas of land use, land degradation, and community-based ecosystem management. This will include assessing interest in, encouraging the building of, and facilitating the creation of a possible thematic group. Through this thematic group, ILC will make efforts to more strongly engage IGO members with environmental interest in regional and national policy processes.

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