Community representation

As a community based process, the people involved should be truly representative of the community. This will ensure complete ownership by the community and their full participation in reflecting on and assessing their resilience.

Representation and Participation

CSAR is meant to create an open space for meaningful participation and representation of the community. Women and men, ethnic minorities, elders, people with disabilities  can participate in these activities differently, and their interests are also likely to differ.  Certain community members may be more comfortable with certain technologies or tools while others may not be, and their time available for contribution will certainly differ depending on season.

Mapping seasonal change (Photo by Dhan Foundation)

Mapping seasonal change (Photo by Dhan Foundation)

Good resources:

Biocultural Community Protocol: download their toolkit here.

Community Conservation Resilience Initiative: download their toolkit here.

Free and Prior Informed Consent

Assessments need to have the respect for and realisation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, including their right to provide or deny free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) regarding activities that take place on their lands and territories, or otherwise affect them. The decision to provide or withhold FPIC is an ongoing process, not a single moment or one-off event. At any stage of engagement with external actors, a community has a right to seek more information, say “no”, or withdraw entirely. Customary means of consensus- building or other forms of decision-making can be used as the basis for culturally appropriate FPIC processes. By definition, FPIC processes must respect the community’s timelines and self – determined processes and must not be driven or influenced by project proponents. This applies to all activities undertaken in the context of this Initiative. Here you can read more about Free and Prior Informed Consent for Forest communities.