Global fund supports conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities

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Herder in Tarialan, Uvs Province, Mongolia. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Germany has donated $16 million for the creation of a global fund for areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities known as ICCAs.

The fund was launched at a c onference on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) taking place in the Republic of Korea.

The initiative brings together the German government, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which is a partnership of member states, international institutions, civil society and the private sector.

Terence Hay-Edie is a biodiversity programme adviser at GEF.

'Today during the High-level segment of the CBD COP 12 here in Korea, the German government announced its commitment of $16 million for support to indigenous and community conserved areas and territories, which we will abbreviate as ICCAs which will deliver small grants to communities in 20 countries at the global level." (25")

Mr. Hay-Edie said the projects that are typically funded include biodiversity programmes and sustainable forest management.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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