Territorial management planning
Based on the community mapping experiences and the customary use studies, several indigenous and local communities are in the process of developing community-based management plans. In these plans, communities outline how they will manage, use, preserve and develop various resources and places within their traditional territories. The plans are intended to guide and regulate sustainable use and protection of biological resources by the communities involved. Although the development of these plans is based on traditional knowledge and customary practices and rules, western tools and skills (such as mapping technology and resource management planning) are also used.
Management plans offer communities a structured way of maintaining and applying traditional practices and rules related to natural resources and can help to defend communities’ lands against outside threats. Moreover, the plans can play important roles in negotiations about land and resource rights. Many communities incorporate climate change challenges and potential solutions into the community management plans.