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Creating the Ulu Papar biocultural community protocol: process and product in the framing of a community agreement (PLA 65)

Following conflicts in a protected area and in the shadow of a threatening development project, the people of Ulu Papar (from the Dusun indigenous group) in Borneo came together to create a
biocultural community protocol, articulating the interests, rights and responsibilities of the community in the preservation, management and utilisation of their territories and culture. This article describes the process to develop the protocol, which built on a prior participatory research process to document the use of key resources for community livelihoods. The protocol was developed through a series of workshops,trainings and discussions, in a process facilitated by community members. A travelling roadshow was used to reach as many remote villages as possible and
engage people in the discussion to shape the content of the protocol. The challenge now is to build on these participatory
processes and form constructive relationships with outside actors and government agencies.

This article appears in Participatory Learning and Action on Biodiversity and culture: exploring community protocols, right and consent.

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