Community Mubaan


The Equator Initiative is proud to present the Community Mubaan - an innovative dialogue forum designed to recognize the vital role of local communities for sustainable development - at the World Conservation Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.

Local communities have proven to be critical to achieve environment and sustainability goals. Their lessons and experience demonstrate the need to help shape national and local policies that can inform global decision-making from the bottom-up.

The Community Mubaan served as a venue to launch publications and videos, host discussions, and present concrete examples of community successes in conserving biodiversity and reducing poverty. It created opportunities for knowledge sharing through community success stories, challenges, and solutions to be brought forward from around the world. The importance of local community action, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable use as essential strategies for achieving the MDGs was a critical overarching theme.

The Community Mubaan provided a context to move towards new partnerships for biodiversity conservation. It served as an important opportunity for these issues to be voiced and addressed directly by community leaders. Special attention was given to representation of indigenous peoples as well as specific regional issues and the voices of host-country and regional communities. Communities who have effectively managed such problems through partnerships and dialogue presented their cases and experiences.

The Mubaan demonstrated that community members, often working in partnership with local governments, local and national NGOs, and international organisations, are increasingly taking action to meet their basic needs while preserving the biological resources.


Day 1 - November 15

Today saw the final touches put on the construction of the Mubaan dialogue space. The Mubaan is now ready for the Community Representatives. Tomorrow the dialogues will begin and here everybody is extremely satisfied to have made the Mubaan a reality. Welcome Community Representatives!




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Day 2 - Noavember 16

Tuesday was the Official Opening Day for the Community Mubaan at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants were warmly welcomed to the Mubaan. An opening ceremony was held and Mr. Donato Bumacas of Philippines and Suparb Pason of Thailand performed a blessing to inaugurate the sacred space.




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Day 3 - Noavember 17

The number of participants in the Mubaan increased by twenty today, as more people from communities from around the world joined in dialogue space activities. Both yesterday and today (Nov 16th and 17th) were part of a special two-day Mubaan session for attendees that provided an introduction and bridge to the World Conservation Congress, which has its first full day of activities on Wednesday. The mood in the Mubaan was one excitement and anticipation as the official opening ceremony will take place today and a full slate of Congress activities, in the Mubaan and beyond, begins early tomorrow.


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Day 4 - November 18

Equator Prize winners from 2002 and 2004 met with the twelve finalists for the Seed Awards, an international competition to identify environment and development entrepreneurs through a partnership of IUCN, UNDP, UNEP and Stakeholder Forum. A lively exchange ensued on the risks and benefits of business at the local level, as well as some frank discussion about the effects of winning a high profile international award like the Equator Prize.



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Day 5 - November 19

On Friday 19 November the Community Mubaan saw an incredible panel discussion on "Moving to Scale: Mobilizing Community Actions". With facilitation by Dr. Opas Panya, from the Faculty of Environment at Mahidol University, both community members and policy makers engaged in a productive dialogue on community-based natural resources management initiatives.




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