Indigenous peoples and local communities are among the most important leaders in conservation and sustainable development. Their rights to and relationship with lands and waters, and longstanding knowledge of natural systems and resources, make them critical and inspirational allies for building a healthy and sustainable future. This leadership is evident in a recent study demonstrating that titling indigenous communities protects forests in the Peruvian Amazon.
The Global Legal Empowerment Network and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) teamed up to facilitate a discussion on what it means to support indigenous peoples and local communities in securing rights and exercising good governance in their territories.
This participatory webinar was the first in a series of webinars on Community Leadership in Conservation and Sustainable Development. It featured a presentation from Namati on navigating community power dynamics and drafting by-laws for good governance of community lands; a TNC panel from Melanesia, Hawaii and the Pacific to discuss their work in community partnership and engagement; and a deep-dive group conversation on questions, experiences, challenges and opportunities around community leadership and governance.