Kauhale ‘Ōiwi Dialogues: Honolulu, USA - 2016


The Community Kauhale ‘Ōiwi is a peer-to-peer meeting space at IUCN WCC that provides an opportunity for local and indigenous leaders to exchange knowledge and best practices in sustainable environmental management. Leveraging the unique partnerships of the Equator Initiative, the Kauhale aims to position local advocacy and knowledge sharing within the larger policy dialogues on conservation and sustainable development. To see an overview of Community Kauhale ‘Ōiwi events at WCC, please click here.

Day 1 - The Sustainable Development Goals

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The Equator Initiative opened its Community Kauhale with a traditional Hawaiian Awa Ceremony, honoring and welcoming Equator Prize winners, partners, and friends to the space, which would be used as a home for indigenous peoples and local communities, as well as a meeting hub for all IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) attendees. The session on Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) sought to explore how SDGs can be implemented to address local realities and needs of local communities and indigenous peoples; to explore multiple perspectives on how to localize the SDGs; and discuss how efforts at the local level can be linked and integrated to global policies.


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Day 2 - ICCAs and Protected Areas

DSC 0931This session on ICCAs and Protected Areas provided an overview of indigenous peoples and community conserved territories and areas. The intention was to exchange best practices and knowledge on the governance of such areas, the threats and challenges of ICCAs and protected areas, and the relationship with mainstream conservation efforts. Terence Hay-Edie, from UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme facilitated the session. The Community to Community Exchanges: Strengthening Networks was an opportunity to share experiences of existing networks involving indigenous peoples and local communities, and the importance of community-to-community exchange in learning, scaling out work, and network building. Speakers discussed methodologies used to enable community-to-community exchange, how and why the networks were developed, the challenges they faced, and the components needed to ensure growth and relevance in a digital age.

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Day 3 - Partnerships

IMG 0669The session on Accessing Global Financing, Funding Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities was a roundtable discussion that brought together representatives from key global funding institutions to learn about what financing options are available to indigenous peoples and local communities, and for financing institutions to hear how financing opportunities can be expanded, increased and enhanced to better target indigenous peoples and local communities’ needs and aspirations. Alejandra Pero, Coordinator of the Equator Initiative’s WIN-Network, moderated the session.



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 Day 4 - Communications

DSC 0872Fourth in a series of dialogues on the ethical use of Digital Technology, the session focused on the advantages of using newly available digital tools, such as drones, smart phones, video games, a GIS to map, monitor and protect indigenous territories from illegal activities, but also the threats and challenges that accompany their use when into the wrong hands. The Media Training: How to Tell you Story session was an opportunity for all WCC attendees to learn how to communicate more effectively, using communications tools for advocacy and mobilizing for change. Co-led by Sean Southey from PCI Media Impact and Joshua Cooper, from the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights, the session focused on tools and methodologies used to tell a compelling story and attract media attention.


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