Community protocols

Community protocols (also known as Biocultural Community Protocols), serve as a tool to help communities drive local implementation of their rights as part of an endogenous process in which communities outline their aspirations for well-being.

CPs can facilitate an interface between their traditional ways of life, their rights and external entities such as private companies and governments. They are an important tool for getting legal recognition of sacred natural sites. Community protocols have also been recognised by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and are a tool recommended to be integrated in national legislation dealing with the implementation Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) protocol.

COMPAS partners have carried out community protocols as part of mainstreaming their endogenous development approaches. The protocols have allowed them to sensitise local, regional and in cases national governments to their rights as seed savers, traditional healers, sacred natural sites custodians. They also helped with fending off mining companies and forestry businesses that where scoping to undertake development activities on community territories and sacred sites.

Thematic brochures on community protocols:

  • Case Study, Community Protocol, Chimombe Biocultural Community Protocol, Zimbabwe
  • Community Protocol, Community Protocol of Sirkazhi Organic Farmer Asociation in Tamil Nadu, India