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International ICCA workshops/events:

Past events

Xth General Assembly of the ICCA Consortium¬†–¬†Felipe Carrillo Puerto ‚Äď 18-19 December 2016

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The Consortium at the 13th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) –¬†Cancun, Mexico, from 4-17 December 2016

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Ev√©nement r√©gional de partage de connaissances et renforcement de capacit√©s sur les APAC‚ÄĒSaint Louis du S√©n√©gal ‚Äď Octobre 2016

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National ICCA Workshop in China (Nanning, Guangxi, China – 18-20/10/2016)

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IUCN World Conservation Congress Honolulu 2016 (Hawai’i – USA,¬† September) 1-10, 2016

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50th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and CSO Meetings, Washington, DC (USA), 5-9 June 2016

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UNEP: 2nd Session of the UN Environment Assembly, Nairobi (Kenya), 23-27 May 2016

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15th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, New York City (USA), 9-20 May 2016

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CBD: 20th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-20) and 1st Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-1), Montreal (Canada), 25-30 April (SBSTTA-20) and 2-6 May (SBI-1) 2016

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ICCA Knowledge Sharing & Capacity-building Event in Mesoamerica,  Academia de Lenguas Mayas, San José (Petén, Guatemala), 3-8 April, 2016

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ICCA Knowledge Sharing & Capacity-building Event in East and Southern Africa, Namushasha River Lodge, Namibia, 14-19 February 2016

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21st Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, Paris, France, 30 November-11 December 2015
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Primer Taller de Intercambio sobre los TICCA de la Región Amazónica en América del Sur, 30 de Noviembre al 5 de Diciembre, Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
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4th Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights,New York City, Geneva, 16-18 November 2015
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CBD 19th Meeting of SBSTTA (SBSTTA-19) and 9th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (WG8(j)-9) Montreal, Canada, 1-7 November 2015
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49th Meeting of the GEF Council and Consultation with Civil Society Organisations, Washington, D.C., USA, 19-22 October 2015
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42nd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), Rome, Italy, 12-15 October 2015
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From Rhetoric to Action: Scaling Up Community and Indigenous Peoples’ Land and Resource Rights, Bern, Switzerland, 30 September-1 October 2015
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CBD Technical Workshop on Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 September-2 October 2015
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UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda, New York City, USA, 25-27 September 2015
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Atelier de Partage des connaissances et de renforcement des capacités sur les APAC à Madagascar, Mantasoa, Madagascar, 13-17 Septembre 2015
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14th FAO World Forestry Congress (theme: ‚ÄúForests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future‚ÄĚ), Durban, South Africa,¬†7-11 September 2015
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World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden, 23-28 August 2015
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A meeting to discuss the establishing of a ‚ÄúSolidarity Fund‚ÄĚ for the Defenders of the Commons and ICCAs IUCN Headquarter, Gland (Switzerland) 22 Aug, 2015

Indigenous peoples and traditional caretaker communities are on the frontline in the struggle to preserve, protect, restore and defend their ‚Äúnatural commons‚ÄĚ and, in particular, the territories and areas they collectively conserve on the basis of their traditional knowledge and customary practices, law and institutions (ICCAs). Read More…


Regional ICCA Knowledge Sharing & Capacity-building Event in Southeast Asia, Lombok (Indonesia), August 17-22, 2015

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8th Session of the UN Expert Mechanisms on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 20-24 July 2015
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The 2015 Global Land Forum, Dakar, 14 May 2015

Please read more on the side event that was organised by the Consortium¬†“Conservation capacity, commitment and results strengthen collective land rights“.
Please read more on the outcomes of the event on pages 6-7 of the Consortium 10th Newsletter.


Taller de arranque para la iniciativa de apoyo global a los TICCA (GSI) en América del Sur,  15 y 18 de Abril 2015, Cayambe, Ecuador
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Global ICCA Support Initiative Inception Meeting
IUCN Headquarter, Gland (Switzerland) 27 ‚Äď 30 Jan 2015

Twenty-one individuals affiliated the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) gathered for the Inception meeting of the largest global fund for ICCAs: Support to indigenous peoples‚Äô and community conserved areas and territories (ICCAs) through the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP). Read More…


TICCA y la Iniciativa sobre los Sistemas Ingeniosos de Patrimonio
Agrícola Mundial (SIPAM), Cusco, 7 de noviembre de 2014

El Consorcio ICCA recibi√≥ la invitaci√≥n de parte de la FAORLC, desde la Coordinaci√≥n para pueblos ind√≠genas y punto focal SIPAM, a participar en el Seminario Internacional sobre Diversidad Cultural, Sistemas Alimentarios y Estrategias Tradicionales de Vida los d√≠as 4 a 6 de noviembre de 2014 y a la Reuni√≥n de organizaci√≥n de la Red Regional de la Iniciativa sobre los Sistemas Ingeniosos de Patrimonio Agr√≠cola Mundial ‚ÄĒSIPAM‚ÄĒ en Am√©rica Latina y el Caribe. Leer mas…


A post-WPC-event: ‚ÄúAssessing, evaluating and planning to enhance the governance of protected area systems and individual sites‚ÄĚ field-visit and capacity exchange event on governance of protected areas¬†

20 ‚Äď 24 of November 2014 , Jervis Bay Territory, Country of the Dharawal, Durga and Wollongong Nations, New South Wales, Australia.

In the occasion of the World Parks Congress in Sydney, we had a rare occasion to pull together ‚Äď in one of the richest and most remarkable ‚Äúgovernance laboratories‚ÄĚ for protected areas in the world- thirty-six Congress participants who have or will make use of the IUCN governance methodology in their countries. Together, these protected area professionals, policy makers and conservation actors from civil society from five continents distilled the key results of their participation in the Governance Stream at the Congress, exchange experiences and develop concrete plans and commitments to further processes of governance assessment, evaluation and planning in their countries. Read more…


The ICCA Consortium is in charge of Co-organising the stream 6 on Enhancing Diversity and Quality of Governance at the World Park Congress.
12th to 19th of November 2014, Sydney, Australia

Globally, improvements in governance have contributed significantly to strengthening the protected areas systems of many countries. This stream will, examine the diversity, quality and vitality of governance of the world‚Äôs protected areas, as well as other areas that are contributing to biodiversity conservation. The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 will take stock of achievements, share experiences and present practical governance approaches and tools, illustrating progress to enhance the diversity and quality of governance in national protected areas systems. Read more…

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A Pre-WPC event: Gathering of Communities conserving nature and culture
7th to the 11th of November 2014, Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities who have a strong bond with nature and wish to express their willingness to keep it alive will thus get together. While exchanging experiences from five continents, they will discuss what strategic approaches and institutional arrangements are most helpful in different circumstance, e.g. with or without collective tenure to land and natural resources. Read more…

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The Second National Conference on Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCA)
21-22 October 2014, Manila.

The conference aimed at further advancing the recognition and  role of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in biodiversity conservation, strengthening of traditional governance systems, forging stronger partnership and following-up commitments made in the 2011 Manila Declaration on ICCAs. Read more



The 12th COP of the CDB
6 to 17 October 2014, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea)

Ten representatives will participate in the CBD COP 12. The ICCA Consortium will co-organise a Workshop week-end, two sides-events, one Press Conference. Read more…


Iniciativa Comunales presenta la Declaración de Valdeavellano de Tera,  26 de septiembre 2014, Madrid, Spain
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Atelier de réflexion et planification national en Republique Démocratique du Congo
Kinshasa, 11 et 12 Septembre 2014

Le REPALEF, plateforme des r√©seaux et organisations des peuples autochtones qui Ňďuvre pour une gestion durable des √©cosyst√®mes en R√©publique D√©mocratique du Congo, a organis√© un atelier national de r√©flexion et de planification √† Kinshasa, les 11 et 12 septembre 2014, qui √©tait la derni√®re √©tape d‚Äôun projet visant la recherche de reconnaissance l√©gale des APACs en RDC, appuy√© par le Consortium APAC et le PNUD GEF-SGP. Pour en savoir plus…


A one-day workshop and a Working Group on ICCAs in China,
Beijing, December 14, 2013

A one-day workshop fully dedicated to ICCAs took place as closing feature of a three-day capacity building event for GEF SGP grantees in China. Hosted by UNDP GEF SGP China, the workshop gathered representatives of various organizations‚ÄĒ including government organizations, think tanks, grassroots organizations, academics, and international NGOs such as Flora and Fauna International (FFI China) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC China). The ICCA Consortium was represented by its Global Coordinator and the Regional Coordinator for East Asia. Read More…

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Exploring the reality and potential of ICCAs,
November 8th 2013, Cape town, South Africa

The ICCA Consortium in partnership with Natural Justice hosted a workshop on ICCAs in Southern and Eastern Africa in Cape Town. The meeting was well attended by over 20 different organizations from across the African region‚Äď all working around the protection of ICCAs. The representatives included nationals of Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya and Liberia, amongst others. Read more…

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ICCA Consortium at Asia Parks Congress (APC)
Sendai, Japan, 13-18 November 2013

Participating at the first Asia Parks Congress, the Consortium organized side events on of ‚ÄúProtected Areas and ICCAs‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThreats and Challenges to ICCAs‚ÄĚ. Experiences were shared by presenting case studies from the region. Main output of the APC is the Asian Charter on Protected Areas which identifies Sacred Natural Sites (SNS) as key element ‚Äď one issue for the potential of ICCAs. Read more…


Worskhop Tla-o-qui-aht Territory
British Columbia, Nov.4-8 2013

A workshop was held at the Tin Wis resort in Tofino, in the heart of Tla-o-qui-aht territory and in premises owned by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations place the Tribal Park model in the context of other concepts and approaches asserted in BC, in the rest of Canada and in other countries. Read more…

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ICCA Consortium at WILD-10
Salamanca, Spain 7 – 10 October, 2013

The Consortium joined forces with¬†WILD10¬†to organise a number of events and offer speakers for presentations during the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas Forum (ICLS Forum) that took place in Salamanca (Spain) on 8-10, 2013.¬†Read more…


ICCA Consortium Meeting and General Assembly
 Valdeavellano de Tera, Spain 3 Р7 October, 2013

The main gathering of the Consortium in 2013 took place on October 3-7 in¬†Valdeavellano,¬†a small rural community in the province of Soria, central Spain.¬† The meeting began with a full day to discuss technical issues of relevance for ICCAs (mutual learning and exchanges of ideas and skills).¬† It continued with field visits with Spanish colleagues to a few examples of common governance of natural resources in Spain.¬† The actual VIth General Assembly (GA) of the ICCA Consortium took place on October 6th. ¬†Most Members and Honorary members attended in person but only a few could connect via Skype (the connection was not as good as expected).¬†Read more…

El Consorcio TICCA en el X Congreso Latinoamericano sobre Reservas Privadas y Pueblos Originarios
Valdivia, Chile, Ago. 19-23, 2013

Entre el 19 y 23 de agosto de 2013, integrantes del Consorcio TICCA de América Latina se reunieron en la ciudad de Valdivia, Chile, para participar en el X Congreso Latinoamericano sobre Reservas Privadas y Pueblos Originarios, que por primera vez en sus diez versiones consideró la participación de pueblos indígenas. Leer más...

Between the 19th and 23rd of August, 2013, members of the ICCA Consortium of Latin America got together in the city of Valdivia, Chile, in order to take part in the 10th Latin American Congress on Private Reserves and Native Peoples, which, for the first time on its tenth versions, considered the participation of indigenous peoples. Read more… (Only in Spanish)

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ICCA Consortium at the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP-VI)
Geneva, Switzerland 8 – 12 July, 2013

The ICCA Consortium participated in the 6th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Inidigenous Peoples (EMRIP-VI). A side event was organized by the ICCA Consortium together with its members Natural Justice and IPACC, ad it was dedicated to ICCAs and Access to Justice. Read more

Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) wins International Award

ICCA Consortium is proud to announce that its member ‚ÄėFES‚Äô has received this prestigious Award! They have helped to demonstrate innumerable times that village communities can collectively manage natural resources with very effective results and that self governing institutions can work in partnership with both the government and civil society organisations. Read more…


ICCA Consortium at World Indigenous Network (WIN) Conference
Darwin, Australia 26 – 30 May, 2013

A small yet strategic group comprising 10 delegates from countries such as Iran, Philippines, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan, Province of China Zimbabwe and Australia associated with ICCA Consortium participated in the first World Indigenous Network (WIN) Indigenous and Local Communities Land and Sea Mangers‚Äô Conference, May 26-30 in Darwin, Australia.¬† Read more…



The first ICCA Consortium’s regional meeting in Mesoamerica
Guatemala, March 17-27, 2013

The meeting gathered Consortium Members and colleagues from various countries across Mesoamerica and beyond. Read more... 

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The Philippines establish the first national ICCA Consortium
Quezon City on 19 ‚Äď 22 February, 2013

The ICCA Consortium in the Philippines was formally established during a three-day meeting among representatives of indigenous peoples from all over the country called for this purpose in Quezon City on 19 ‚Äď 22 February 2013. Read more…¬†

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The Fourth ICCA Nepal National Gathering
Kathmandu, Nepal, 17-18 December 2012 

Working towards an ICCA Federation in Nepal! To learn more about this momentous event for ICCAs in Nepal, read more

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First National workshop on ICCAs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Kinshasa, 5-9 November 2012

Recognising ICCAs in Central Africa ‚ÄĒ¬†the Democratic Republic of Congo takes the first steps!’ Read more…

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ICCA Consortium at the Convention on Biological Diversity – Conference of the Parties no.11 (CBD COP -11)
Hyderabad, India, 06-21 October 2012

For a description of Consortium and ICCA-related events at the COP, read more



ICCA Consortium at the Vth IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC)
Jeju, South Korea, 6-15 September, 2012

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Rio de Janeiro, 14-22 June 2012

For a description of the ¬†Consortium’s events and successes at Rio+20,read more

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The Anja Declaration, Anja, Madagascar, May 2012

The Network of the Fokonolona which manages natural Resources or TAFO MIHAAVO gathered together 482 Local communities in 17 Regions of Madagascar to create the Anja Declaration. Read more

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National Conference on ICCAs in the Philippines, Philippines University, Quezon City, Philippines, 29-30 March, 2012

The Conference brought together IP leaders from ancestral domains representing the country’s key biodiversity areas, government representatives, local and international NGOs, UN agencies, and cooperation agencies from numerous countries to discuss the critical role that IPs and their customary laws and traditional activities have played and do play in conserving a variety of natural environments in the Philippines.

The Manila Declaration, composed by the Indigenous participants during the Conference, was presented and signed on 30 March, 2012. Read more about this highly significant ICCA Conference. 


Third National Gathering of the Nepal’s Network of ICCAs, Kathmandu, Nepal, 22-24 December 2011

A total of 47 participants including conservation experts, community leaders, rights activists, journalists and government officials were present in this gathering. The program had two major objectives: to discuss future directions and actions of ICCA-Network Nepal and to introduce and exercise the ICCA Resilience and Security Tool prepared by the ICCA Consortium. Read more about this gathering, prepared by Jailab Rai of Forest Action Nepal.


Poster presentation: ‚ÄėAppropriate support for indigenous peoples and community conserved areas and territories‚Äô, presented at COP-17 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Durban, South Africa, 01 and 04 December, 2011

On 01 December at the UNFCC COP-17 poster session and on 04 December at Forest Day 5 this poster was presented. It briefly describes the ICCA concept and highlights the relationship between ICCAs and forests. It also includes the outcomes of the participatory seminar ‚ÄėDo‚Äôs and don‚Äôts of supporting forest conservation and restoration initiatives by local communities and indigenous peoples‚Äô, which took place on 29 November, 2011 at UNFCC COP-17 and organised by the Global Forest Coalition (Consortium Member). The seminar brought together representatives of indigenous peoples (IPs), peasant movements, women’s movements and local communities (LCs) to voice and share their experiences and insights into the most appropriate, equitable and effective ways in which outsiders can support the initiatives of IPs and LCs to conserve and restore their forests and other ecosystems. The seminar also discussed successes and failures relating to schemes such as REDD+ of which participants gave recommendations and voiced their concerns.¬†For a report of the seminar, click here¬†to view the poster, click here.The poster was co-produced by Vanessa Reid of the Consortium, Simone Lovera and Wally Menne of the Global Forest Coalition and Earl Paulo Diaz of NTFP-EP.¬†

ICCAs in Indonesia symposium, CIFOR headquarters, Bogor, Indonesia, 13-14 October, 2011

Over sixty people, from both Indonesia and across the world, gathered to hear and/or give presentations of case studies from an Indonesian and International context, concluding with an ICCA overview. The first of its kind, the¬†symposium explored¬†the status, concept, practice, limitations, and¬†opportunities of ICCAs¬†within¬†Indonesia¬†and brought to light crucial issues and challenges facing ICCA there. We hope the event will be a catalyst for establishing a¬†strong ICCA Indonesian network, in which the Consortium is currently playing a role in facilitating with other Indonesian NGOs, IPOs, and LCOs. For a symposium proceedings report and other ‘ICCAs in Indonesia’ developments,¬†read more...


Planning retreat for the ICCA Consortium, Bali, Indonesia, 05-11 October, 2011

The planning retreat was a significant event for the institutional strengthening of the Consortium in 2011. For six days, without internet access, the newly recruited Regional Coordinators, along with the President, Treasurer, GC, SC members, representatives of Members and the Communication officer, gathered at the Prana Dewi retreat centre in Bali, Indonesia. The focus of the retreat was the compilation of regional work plans towards the broader Consortium objectives embedded in its Vision 2020 and work programme 2011-2014.¬† Matters of membership, Statutes, procedural guidelines, communication, funding, and Consortium‚Äôs participation at international events were also thoroughly fleshed out. For a detailed report of the retreat,¬†read more…¬†


‘Understanding community conservation in Europe’ 5-day workshop, Gerace, Italy, 10 -16 September, 2011

This workshop highlighted European communities’ role in conservation, livelihoods and culture. About 50 participants from all over Europe convened in the beautiful Italian town of Gerace in Calabria, close to the Southern tip of Europe, to share, illustrate and discuss experiences on community conservation within Europe, many of which can be classified, in some capacity or another, as ICCAs. For more on the Gerace workshop, including links to videos, abstract of presented papers and quotes from participants, read more.

‘Community Governance and Stewardship of Traditional Territories and Biocultural Diversity’,¬†EMRIP, Geneva, Switzerland, July 2011

On 15 July, the final day of the 4th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), Natural Justice and the ICCA Consortium co-hosted a side event entitled, “Community Governance and Stewardship of Traditional Territories and Biocultural Diversity”. Read more…

The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Conference, Hyderabad, India, January, 2011

A side event entitled ‘The Commons and Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas’ was held during this conference from 10.30-16.30 on 12 January, followed by a panel discussion from 16.30-18.00 on 14 January, entitled ‘Forest Rights Act, Community Forest Rights & Management of Community Conserved Areas’. These two events were co-organised¬†between Kalpavriksh (an ICCA Consortium member) and the ICCA Consortium, and was sponsored by FES (the Foundation for Ecological Security.)¬†For a report of the key emerging issues from this side event and panel discussion, read more.¬†


International ICCA Workshop, Shirakawa-Go Eco Institute, Japan, 28-30 October, 2010

In conjunction with the CBD COP-10, a multi-lingual three day workshop on ICCAs was held at the Shirakawa-Go Eco Institute (Japan). The workshop consisted of fifty-five participants, who ranged from: indigenous peoples and local communities, to NGOs and agencies working with them; members or affiliates of the ICCA Consortium; governments; cooperation agencies and international organisations. Despite their varied backgrounds, each attended the workshop in order to address their concern for the appropriate recognition and support to ICCAs.The purpose of the workshop was to provide a focused opportunity for assessing the current state of ICCAs as well as relevant initiatives and resources that could build collective capacity for securing ICCAs‚Äô future. It was anticipated that this gathering could generate a long-term process and actions necessary to support ICCAs and build capacities to respond to specific needs, especially with regards to decisions made at COP10.¬† Resulting from this, the workshop brought-up a range of key discussion topics, namely the challenges and opportunities that need to be met for ICCAs.¬† The workshop also laid out the framework for a collective ICCA vision.For a full ‚ÄėReport of the Shirakawa ICCA Workshop’¬†click here (4MB higher quality version)Click here for 2.70 MB easier-download version¬†of the report

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ICCAs at COP 10 (Nagoya, October 2010)‚ÄĒsome good news, some disappointments, some fresh worries… and much work ahead!

The tenth Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in the second half of October 2010 in Nagoya (Japan) reaffirmed and strengthened the centrality of governance of protected areas and the recognition and support to ICCAs and sacred sites. The Conference discussed and approved a number of major policy documents, including an in-depth review of the implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA), which will guide CBD work on... Read more 



Governance of protected areas and ICCAs highlighted at CBD SBSTTA, Nairobi, May, 2010

Governance of protected areas and ICCAs featured centrally in the discussion of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held during this meeting and are now importantly included in the recommendation to CBD COP-10. IUCN CEESP in cooperation with the ICCA Consortium and UNEP/WCMC organized two well-attended side events at SBSTTA on these very topics. READ MORE  

Recognizing and Supporting ICCAs Alliance Workshop at the Community Poble, 4th World Conservation Congress, Barcelona, October, 2008

The 3-hour workshop was organized by TGER and TILCEPA, in cooperation with the GEF Small Grants Programme, the UNDP Equator Initiative and GTZ. The objectives of the workshop were to review progress of knowledge, policy and practice in support of ICCAs, present and discuss lessons learned about the status, needs and opportunities of ICCAs in different parts of the world, and to discuss avenues to support ICCAs within and outside national Protected Areas systems‚Ķ¬†READ MORE…


9th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP9), Bonn, May, 2008

TGER/TILCEPA and partners organized a side event at CBD COP 9 entitled ‚ÄúICCAs: from ‚Äėoldest secret‚Äô to crucial avenue for the conservation for biodiversity‚Ķ‚ÄĚ and provided participants with a space to discuss ICCAs and their potential to further the implementation of the CBD. After an introduction to the concept and history of ICCAs, speakers presented case studies from Italy, Iran and Peru; the national situation of ICCAs in India was described, as well as the significance of ICCAs for traditional fishing communities. The brief presentations were followed by an intense discussion among the roughly 150 participants, several among them representatives of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. The scope, diversity and challenges of ICCAs were explored, and the usefulness of the ICCA concept for securing community governance of natural resources was debated.The ICCA side event was followed up by two smaller, ad-hoc meetings to discuss the concept of ICCAs and steps forward.The first was an evening meeting among some participants of the side-event, where they had the occasion to deepen their exchange and share experiences and perspectives. The interventions from participants showed the vast range of realities on the ground. Participants stressed that the success or failure of ICCAs are intimately linked to the issue of rights of indigenous peoples and communities to their lands and resources. Several intervention from participants recounted how indigenous peoples and local communities were evicted from their territories and ICCAs as these were taken over by the state to create formal conservation areas. Overall, the discussion about the opportunities and challenges of ICCAs to implement the PoWPA will have to continue: this type of meetings will take place throughout this year, culminating at a ICCA workshop and exchange space at the Community Poble at the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona.The second meeting was an information exchange between TILCEPA and the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB). The concept of ICCAs was presented by Ashish Kothari and Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, and the concept of Indigenous Biocultural territories was explained by Alejandro Argumedo. The discussion centred around whether indigenous territories and biocultural areas can fit under the ICCA concept and how the perspectives and conservation efforts of Indigenous Peoples and Local communities can best be recognized and supported within, or outside of, the IUCN framework of Protected Areas.


Second meeting of the CBD Working Group on Protected Areas, Rome, 08 February, 2008

Over 50 participants from civil society organizations and government delegations came together at the WG PA-2 to discuss the concept of ICCAs in the light of implementation of the Program of Work on Protected Areas. After a brief introduction to the characteristics and variety of ICCAs and the history of the ICCA concept, participants mainly discussed experiences at local level and lessons learned.Contributions from participants showed the multiple range of realities on the ground and stressed that issue of rights of indigenous peoples and communities and their lands and resources are inextricably linked to the success or failure of ICCAs.There needs to be more debate about what kind of legal frameworks are appropriate for the recognition of ICCAs: these should be pluralistic systems that recognize and incorporate customary systems. Future reflections on ICCAs also need to take into account the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in particular the rights of Indigenous Peoples over their territories.During the meeting participants described how Indigenous Peoples and local communities were evicted from their ICCAs and territories by the state authorities in order to create formal conservation areas. International NGOs were called upon to join hands to develop systems of timely response to such human rights violations. Participants agreed on the need to pursue the discussion at further events, such as COP 9 of the CBD and the WCC in Barcelona.


‘Strengthening Community Conserved Areas’‚ÄĒlessons, needs & recommendations for policy and practice:¬†International Workshop,¬†Kastamonu, Turkey, 1-5 October, 2007

This workshop was organized by TGER and TILCEPA in collaboration with the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks of the Government of Turkey and the GEF Small Grants Programme. During the workshop, thirty conservation and development professionals reviewed the results of current research on the role of ICCAs, identified the challenges facing ICCAs, visited local ICCA cases, drew lessons learned and developed recommendations for policy at the local, national and international level. READ MORE…

Side reports from Newsletter Issue # 2Kuna Yala,¬†Kalahan,¬†Romania, Pandora’s¬†Box