Biocultural Community Protocols: A Toolkit for Community Facilitators
Natural Justice, April 2012

This toolkit is intended to support communities to secure their rights and responsibilities and strengthen customary ways of life and stewardship of their territories and areas. It is directed primarily towards facilitators from the communities themselves or from supporting organizations with whom they have long-standing and positive relationships. It consists of four parts: Part I is intended to help community facilitators understand and effectively use the Toolkit. It introduces the Toolkit and what biocultural community protocols are and how they are being used around the world. It provides guidance on using the Toolkit, as well as an overview of key methods and tools to choose and adapt as appropriate in each local context. Part II provides guidance on documenting and developing a biocultural community protocol. It references key methods and tools from Part I and suggests guiding questions for the appropriate documentation of aspects of the community’s ways of life, consolidation of a protocol, and development of strategies to put the protocol into practice. Part III provides guidance on using a biocultural community protocol. It suggests a number of ways to engage with external actors, raise awareness with communities and the broader public, engage in key decision-making processes, negotiate with external actors, and prevent and resolve conflict. Part IV provides guidance on reflecting on processes and changes to date, reporting back to the community and to external actors, and revisiting and revising the protocol and associated strategies and plans.

The toolkit is intended for use in conjunction with the dedicated website www.community-protocols.org, containing a wide range of supplementary multimedia resources to be added and updated over time. Visit the toolkit webpage …

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