World Heritage Convention , Phnom Penh, Cambodia


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TERRE Policy Centre is invited by UNDP/IUCN in World Heritage Convention forum Phnom Penh, Cambodia to present a small but inspiring progress made by the local community around Kaas Palateau, in Norther Western Ghat of India. The progress in less that one year since its inscription by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage demonstrates that charting of the road map towards sustainable development of the local community and conservation of the heritage can go hand in hand. See the event announcement.

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World Heritage Convention , Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  1. 1. INVITATION TO BOOK LAUNCH37thSession of the World Heritage Committee, Phnom Penh, CambodiaRoom 1 & 2, 7.15pm, Sunday 23 June 2013(refreshments will be provided)COMPACT: Engaging Local Communities inStewardship of World HeritageOpening remarks, Kishore Rao (Director UNESCO World Heritage Centre)Overview Terence Hay-Edie (UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme)WH Committee Government representatives: Mexico and/or Senegalmembers (invited)Partner remarks Rajendra Shende, Chairman TERRE Policy CentreIUCN Advisory Body Tim Badman (Director, IUCN World Heritage Programme)Comments
  2. 2. COMPACT: Engaging Local Communities in Stewardship of World HeritageSince the year 2000, the Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation (COMPACT)programme has been testing an innovative model for engaging communities in conservation. Aninitiative of the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) and the United NationsFoundation (UNF), the programme has been working with communities near eightcurrent/proposed UNESCO World Heritage sites in Africa, Asia, Meso-America and the Caribbean.Through extensive on-the-ground experience, and a participatory methodology that integrates ascientific and cultural approach, COMPACT has been demonstrating that community-basedinitiatives can significantly increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in globallysignificant protected areas.The publication introduces the COMPACT model and reviews its 12 years of experience. Chaptersfrom each target country illustrate how COMPACT is working in diverse settings, highlighting theunderlying principles behind its community-driven approach and its key planning frameworks. Itexplores lessons learned from COMPACT regarding effective co-management and governance ofprotected areas, techniques of community engagement, linking conservation to local livelihoods,trans-boundary cooperation, as well as other issues key to sustaining the landscapes/seascapesrecognized under the World Heritage Convention and protected areas generally.  “As  a  flagship  programme  of  the  GEF,  the  SGP  has  been  pioneering  new  and  innovative  approaches  for  transformational  change  in  the  governance  of  the  world’s  protected  areas.  The  review  of  the  COMPACT  programme  highlights  a  tremendous  opportunity  to  scale  up  this  approach  for  the  protection  of  the  global  network  of  World  Heritage  sites,  Biosphere  Reserves,  and  other  globally  significant  Satoyama  landscapes  and  seascapes  in  the  struggle  to  safeguard  the  global  commons.”      —  Naoko  Ishii    CEO, Global Environment FacilityTo download a copy of the publication please visit: www.sgp.undp.orgTHE GEF SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMMEFunded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a flagship programme, the GEF Small GrantsProgramme (SGP) is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) onbehalf of the GEF, and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).Launched in 1992, the SGP supports activities of non-governmental and community-basedorganizations in developing countries towards biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigationand adaptation, protection of international waters, reduction of the impact of chemicals andprevention of land degradation, while generating sustainable livelihoods.220 E 42nd StreetNew York, NY 10017, USAEmail: