Understanding and facilitating a biocultural community protocol process (PLA 65)
This article looks at how to facilitate a community protocol process in practice. It discusses how to determine what a ‘community’ is, and the importance of understanding its culture and internal dynamics, as well as how it makes important decisions. It emphasises the importance of the participation of all parts of the community, especially those who are often excluded from decision-making, such as women and youth. It then looks at how to facilitate a CP process, including seeking agreement from the community about the process, identifying potential ‘community catalysts’, managing the expectations of the community and the importance of flexible timeframes.
This article appears in the Tips for Trainers section of Participatory Learning and Action 65 on Biodiversity and culture: exploring community protocols, rights and consent.