Community Based Conservation is conservation that strengthens the voice, choice, and action of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC) to shape and manage land and waters in ways that improves peoples' lives and drives biodiversity outcomes. Freshwater CBC (fCBC) projects emphasize freshwater resources and their management.

In fCBC programs, freshwater conservation goals are pursued by strategies that emphasize the role of IPLCs in decision-making about natural resources. fCBC programs are often strongly linked to other non-fCBC strategies (e.g., sustainable agriculture, hydropower planning), but because communities are often distributed along water bodies throughout river basins of interest, the community can often be an important entry point for system change.  fCBC includes a spectrum of approaches that range from the formalized devolution of rights to communities, to practices that emphasize the co-management of resources. fCBC strategies involve many actors, including community members, government officials, and non-profit organizations, with decisions and feedbacks often occurring across multiple scales.

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