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2019 Indicator Gathering

On April 19-20, 2019, the CBC together with the Center for the Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North and other partners, convened a small practitioner gathering for deeper exploration of indicators related to connections between and across people and place in Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs).

The gathering engaged approximately 20 IPLC members, including practitioners from Russia, Central Asia, North America, Central America, and the Pacific Islands. Participants exchanged perspectives and lessons learned using linked biological and cultural indicators in monitoring and reporting for Indigenous and/or community-led biodiversity conservation efforts. The group discussions further focused on ways Indigenous and local community worldviews, conceptions of well-being, and locally-defined measures of success can serve as the foundation for community planning, sustainable development, and related management and policy efforts.

Group photo with the participants of the 2019 Indicators Gathering
© Nadav Gazit. CBC/AMNH

The 2019 Indicator Gathering built on the April 2018 meeting of the Action Group on Knowledge Systems and Indicators of Well-being, and coincides with the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, which celebrates Indigenous languages around the world and raises global attention on their significance for sustainable development, reconciliation, good governance, and peacebuilding.

The CBC would like to acknowledge and extend our appreciation to the individuals and organizations who made this gathering possible. We are grateful to our participants for their thoughts and time and also very grateful to the Christensen Fund, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Nia Tero for their support.