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is a group of diverse individuals that share one or more of the following features: geographical location, ethnicity, belief or any socio-ecological aspect that gives them a sense of belonging to the same group and sharing of similar issues.



are characteristics or information, usually numerical, that are collected through observation. They can also be photos, videos and text.


a person who makes important decisions that might affect the life of others. Examples are local leaders and politicians.



refers to standards of equity, positive attitude, anonymity and consent that provide guidelines for what we do in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society and fairness.


Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

promoted through international agreements and safeguards, implies Free of coercion, intimidation, or manipulation, Prior involvement in decision-making about the activity, and Informed access to information such as the purpose, process, duration, location and benefits of the activity.

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