SPNL in collaboration with Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (Medina), Global Diversity Foundation (GDF), and Trashumancia y Naturaleza (TyN) launched the Governance Overarching Initiative Project by a Kick off Meeting on Skype on Dec.13.2017. The meeting covered the action plan of the project, activities to be covered, and the way forward. Each of the partners discussed their inputs and their activities and highlighted possible challenges that should be dealt with before the project moves forward.
The Governance OI will explore how Community Governance Systems (CGS) impact biodiversity conservation and sustainable cultural landscapes while consolidating knowledge and tools for encouraging public participation and community engagement. It also aims to empower the M6 partners and the wider conservation community to apply such concepts on the ground. It analyzes approaches to community engagement in natural resources management (NRM), planning and decision- making processes, quality of governance and institutional schemes. Moreover, it explores selected CGSs’ adaptation to various socio-economic and environmental challenges, identifies specific threats and limitations, and promotes solutions. Through specific replication activities, the transferability of approaches, methodologies, tools and solutions will be promoted among CGSs at a national and Mediterranean scale. The partners will embark on case studies to identify potential ICCAs (Indigenous Peoples’ and Communities’ Conserved Territories and Areas) and provide recommendations for their support.