The Indigenous Tourism Network of Mexico (RITA) - Red Indígena De Turismo De México - (http://www.rita.com.mx/index.html) promotes indigenous community development by raising awareness about biodiversity using a collaborative and participatory approach. The Network mobilizes indigenous communities to overcome economic marginalization by developing sustainable ecotourism projects and natural resource based micro-enterprises.
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This best practice describes how rural Nigerian communities overcame a lack of communications infrastructure and began using radio to educate smallholder farmers on farming techniques and natural resource management. In Nigeria’s rural agricultural communities, the Smallholders Foundation (http://www.smallholdersfoundation.org) promotes sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation through educational radio programmes.
Indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ conserved territories and areas harbor significant biodiversity, ecological and cultural value. The UNDP supported GEF financed “New Conservation Areas in the Philippines” project (NewCAPP) has worked with the Government of the Philippines and local and indigenous communities to create new conservation areas that are managed by indigenous peoples as a strategy for expanding the existing protected area network to cover more sites of biodiversity importance.