It is increasingly recognised that local communities in a supportive national policy and legal environment are much more effective at conserving environmental resources (ecosystems, biodiversity, carbon) than national governments working independently.
Having become aware of the deeper connections between conservation and human rights COMPAS network is seeking better practice and policy that is cognizant of different worldviews, their cultural and spiritual values and community conservation such as in sacred natural sites.
Endogenous development is the process that can help create an interface between local and indigenous people’s communities on the one hand and (inter)national government policies and agencies on the other. The increased international interest in community conservation efforts of biodiversity requires approaches and mechanisms that can enable equitable local conservation efforts through accountable civil society networks.
Expected changes in conservation may include decentralisation to the local level through Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas), Payments for Carbon sequestration (REDD) and other climate saving development (Green Development Mechanism under the UNFCCC).
Thematic brochures on biodiversity conservation: