Biocultural Community Protocols: A Toolkit for Community Facilitators (the Toolkit)
is for Indigenous peoples, local and mobile communities, and supporting community-
based and non-governmental organizations (CBOs and NGOs). It 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.
This part of the Toolkit contains four sections. Introduction to the Toolkit provides an overview of and background to the toolkit, as well as acknowledgements and a call for feedback. Introduction to Biocultural Community Protocols explores a number of key questions such as: what is a biocultural community protocol; why are communities developing and using protocols; and how are communities documenting, developing, and using their protocols. It also highlights potential limitations, guiding principles, and further key questions. Using the Toolkit sets out key consideration to assist community facilitators to understand the community, facilitate a protocol process, and seek agreement about the protocol. Key Methods and Tools is one of the most important section of the Toolkit, providing information and suggested tools for endogenous development and wellbeing; power and multi-stakeholder partnerships; legal empowerment, social mobilization, and advocacy; and monitoring and evaluation.
Overall, the Toolkit aims to strike a balance between underscoring important principles and providing practical guidance, retaining some degree of structure without being overly prescriptive. It is intended to empower communities to make informed decisions about participatory and legal empowerment methods and tools that can help secure their rights and responsibilities and strengthen customary ways of life and stewardship of their territories and areas.