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Inclusive Conservation Initiative

The Inclusive Conservation Initiative (ICI), a project of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), aims to support indigenous peoples and local communities in their continuing efforts to safeguard Earth’s natural ecosystems, recognizing the historical roles they have played in nature conservation. Support is provided in selected regions of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific.

Funding is provided to enhance Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ (IPLCs) efforts to steward high-biodiversity lands, waters, and natural resources to deliver global environmental benefits.

Interests include:

  • enhancing IPLC rights and governance of natural resources;
  • improving management of natural and cultural resources in IPLC lands and territories;
  • addressing the drivers of environmental degradation affecting IPLC sustainable development; and,
  • supporting the economic and financial sustainability of IPLC-led conservation.

Application Procedures

Application guidelines and forms are available on the ICI website.