DateNovember 1, 2022
12:00 EDT

In this hybrid session, we heard the Executive Director of Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) presenting their work with Indigenous Peoples in Tanzania and how the GEF-7 Inclusive Conservation Initiative (ICI) can contribute to scaling-up these efforts.

UCRT is a non-profit environmental and social justice organization that empowers marginalized Indigenous groups to secure rights to their natural resources and lands in order to improve their livelihoods. This year, UCRT was selected as one of the nine sub-projects that are stakeholders of the ICI, which is being jointly implemented by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI).

The initiative aims to support Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in their continuing efforts to safeguard Earth’s natural ecosystems, recognizing the historical and current roles they have in nature conservation. The presentation was followed by discussion on specific needs and challenges on the ground and how the GEF’s model of direct financing to IPLCs can work as an example that can be replicated by other financial institutions and donors.