Day 4 - September 18
The day began with a summary of the previous day's events. This recap allowed the community representatives to reflect on the accomplishments and learning opportunities achieved thus far at the Summit. The participants expressed the new skills they intend to incorporate into their projects, from focusing on technology in environmental protection to the importance of innovation and taking advantage of local resources.
After a morning stretch led by one of the community participants, the group discussed the Community Statement that would be read at the awards dinner on Monday evening. The draft committee shared some of the key messages that the group wanted to convey, such as a push for collaborative partnerships and achievement of Millennium Development Goals, a more focused use of indigenous knowledge, and emphasizing biodiversity conservation. Next, the community participants received a welcome message from Sally Timpson, head of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and former Global Manager of the Small Grants Programme (SGP), who asked them to be agents of change in biodiversity conservation, as well as UNDP ambassadors in their countries.
Before breaking for lunch, the facilitators led a workshop on Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) and the registry project, which focused on the purpose of ICCA and the goals of the registry project, including a desire to account for sacred spaces and natural features, indigenous territories, and migratory routes. The project is being piloted in various countries, some of which are home countries of the community participants. The facilitators explained how these community representatives can get involved in the project. Following the presentation was a question and answer session, which included questions about government cooperation and monitoring capabilities.
The afternoon began with a presentation by one of the facilitators on the Community Well-Being Assessment Framework for Testing by Communities and Development of Bioenterprises. After defining well-being as an overall feeling experienced by people as a result of various needs being met, the facilitator went on to discuss the different elements of well-being, what they account for, and their key indicators. The project solicited help from the community representatives by evaluating their project impacts in relation to the indicators—they wanted to know which indicators were most relevant, and if there were any that could be improved. After a discussion of the indicators and surveys, the group decided to contact the program individually with their specific desires to help.
Next, the Equator Prize winners from Brazil and Bolivia presented their projects to the rest of the group. As usual, the presentations generated great conversations and questions among the group members.
At the end of the day, Joe Corcoran, Research Analyst at the Equator Initiative, discussed the Community Statement with the participants once again and requested ideas on how to incorporate policy change into the community statement. Many participants shared their ideas and experiences which were then considered in drafting the community statement. Before concluding for the day, community members spent some time working on logistical aspects of Monday's awards ceremony.