The German government, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have formed a partnership to create the largest global fund for territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs). The initiative is entitled ‘Support to indigenous peoples’ and community conserved areas and territories (ICCAs) through the GEF Small Grants Programme” and is referred to with the short abbreviation GSI. It is financed over five years as a contribution to the achievement of targets contained in the CBD Aichi 2020 framework, and works in at least 26 countries at the global level.

The initiative acts at as an umbrella for coherent projects of many partners and is designed to improve recognition, support and effectiveness of ICCAs by enhancing capacities at many levels. Through that, it supports the diversity, quality and vitality of governance of the global network of “protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures” as articulated in the Promise of Sydney of the World Parks Congress of 2014. The ICCA Consortium is providing technical assistance on ICCAs to all the partners in the initiative.