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ICCA-related Publications

Issue no 4. of the ICCA Consortium Policy Briefs Series

ICCAs and Overlapping Protected Areas: Fostering Conservation Synergies and Social Reconciliation

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Report for the ICCA Consortium

Recognising and Respecting ICCAs Overlapped by Protected Areas

An in-depth discussion of the issues raised by the overlap worldwide of protected areas and the territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs), focusing on best practices for ICCA recognition and respect


Issue no.3 of the ICCA Consortium Policy Briefs Series

Reconocer y apoyar a los TICCA en Mesoam√©rica -¬ŅPor qu√© y c√≥mo?

Cumpliendo con el objetivo de dar visibilidad y apoyar el justo reconocimiento de las √°reas conservadas por los PI y CL, en este n√ļmero se presenta una serie de ejemplos de TICCA en Mesoam√©rica as√≠ como una serie de recomendaciones para legislaciones y pol√≠ticas nacionales y su potencial aplicaci√≥n para cada pa√≠s mesoamericano.




Issue no.2 of the ICCA Consortium Policy Brief Series 

Collective land tenure & Community conservation

Exploring the linkages between collective tenure rights
and the existence and effectiveness of territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs)


Companion document to issue no 2 of the ICCA Consortium Policy Brief Series, Including the full paper and annexes




“Governance for the Conservation of Nature”

Chapter 7 in : Protected Area Governance and Management, edited by Graeme L. Worboys, Michael Lockwood, Ashish Kothari, Sue Feary and Ian Pulsford, published 2015 by ANU Press, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Besides broadly exploring the concepts and practices of ‚Äúgovernance of protected and conserved areas‚ÄĚ, this chapter illustrates governance diversity, quality and vitality by providing examples and discussing recent developments and achievements.


A review of basic concepts and terms on governance of protected and conserved areas –

Primer on Governance for Protected and Conserved Areas


Une revue des concepts et termes de base sur la gouvernance des aires protégées et conservées

Lexique sur la Gouvernance des Aires Protégées et Conservées


Una revisión de los conceptos y términos básicos sobre la gobernanza de las áreas protegidas y conservadas

Cartilla sobre Gobernanza para Areas Protegidas y Conservadas


Policy Brief prepared by the ICCA Consortium, CBD Alliance, Kalpavriksh and CENESTA

ICCAs & Aichi Targets,
The contribution of Indigenous People’s and Local Community Conserved Territories and Areas to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 (Aichi Targets)



No.20 de la Serie Directrices para buenas pr√°cticas en √Āreas protegidas de la UICN¬†

 Gobernanza de Areas Protegidas: de la comprensión a la acción

Esta publicaci√≥n es una herramienta importante para ayudar a mejorar el alcance y la calidad de la gobernanza del sistema de √°reas protegidas del mundo. Propone una visi√≥n general de los cuatro tipos diferentes de governanza y los principios de la “buena governanza” y el proceso de an√°lisis, evaluaci√≥n y mejora de la gobernanza de las √°reas protegidas.


Lignes Directrices de l’UICN des meilleures pratiques pour les aires prot√©g√©es. N¬į20

Gouvernance des Aires Prot√©g√©es: De la compr√©hension √† l’action

Cette publication est un outil important pour aider √† am√©liorer la diversit√© et la qualit√© de la gouvernance des syst√®mes d’aires prot√©g√©es de la plan√®te. Il propose un aper√ßu des quatre diff√©rents types de gouvernance et des principes de “bonne gouvernance” ainsi que le processus d’√©valuation, d’√©valuation et d’am√©lioration de la gouvernance des aires prot√©g√©es.



IUCN Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines No.20
Governance of Protected Areas: From understanding to action

This publication is an important tool to help enhance governance diversity and quality for the world’s protected area systems. It provides an overview of the four different governance types and principles of good governance as well as the process of assessing, evaluating and improving governance of protected areas.

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CBD Recognition Guidelines Series No. 64. ‘Recognising and Supporting ICCAs: Global overview and national case studies’.

Country Case Studies (full length)



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ICCA Legal Review series: An Analysis of International Law, National Legislation, Judgements, and Institutions as they Interrelate with Territories and Areas Conserved by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. 
forest action nepal logo Contested law: Slow response to demands for
reformulating protected area legal framework in  Nepal,
from Forest Action Nepal

(Consortium Member)
biocultrual div booklet front cover Bio-cultural diversity conserved by Indigenous peoples and local communities: examples and Analysis
(Companion document to IUCN/CEESP Briefing note No. 10, 2010). 
  Diversidad biocultural conservada por pueblos indigenas y comunidades locales- ejemplos y analisis 
(Documento acompa√Īante de la Nota Informativa no. 10 de la IUCN/CEESP 2010).¬†¬†
cover page of the ea icca french La diversité bio-culturelle conservée par les peuples autochtones et les communautés locales Рexemples et analyses
(Document d’accompanagnement a la Note d’information UICN/CEESP, 2010).¬†





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CEESP Briefing Note10 Strenghthening what works‚Äď Recognising and supporting the conservation achievements of indigenous peoples & local communities


Note d’information no. 10 de la CEESP
Renforcer ce qui fonctionne‚Äď Reconnaitre et soutenir les peuples autochtones et les communaut√©s locales dans leurs exploits de conservation


Nota informativa no. 10 de la CEESP
Fortalecer lo que funciona‚Äď Reconocimiento y apoyo a pueblos ind√≠genas y comunidades locales en sus logros de conservaci√≥n.

CEESP Briefing Note 9 Recognising and Supporting Indigenous & Community Conservation‚Äď Ideas & experiences from the grassroots. ¬†

CEESP Briefing Note 8 Governance for Effective and Equitable Protected Areas Systems ‚Äď Implementing the CBD Programme of Work¬†on Protected Areas.
cca directory cover low res Community Conserved Areas in India: A Directory, edited by Neema Pathak. 2008. A Directory can be ordered from:   

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IUCN Guidelines for Protected Areas Management Categories [and governance types!] 2008 (English) 
UICN Lignes Directrices pour l’Application des categories de Gestion aux Aires Prot√©g√©es, 2008¬†(Francais)
IUCN Directrices para la Aplicación de las Categorias de gestion de Areas Protegidas, 2008 (Espanol) 


IUCN Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines No.11
Indigenous and Local Communities and Protected Areas Guidelines
An open and flexible guide to engaging indigenous peoples and local communities in protected area management. It includes clear concepts and concrete advice for policy at the national, landscape and site level, and ushers better recognition and protection of existing Community Conserved Areas ‚Äď a marvellous world‚Äďwide conservation asset in great jeopardy today.

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PARKS – the journal of WCPA
These specific issues are particularly relevant for ICCAs:

Durban +5 (Vol 17, No 2)
Community Conserved Areas (Vol 16, No 1)
Conservation Partnerships in Africa (Vol 13, No 1)
Local Communities and Protected Areas (Vol 12, No 2)

partager le pouvoir front cover for the web Partager le Pouvoir РCogestion des ressources naturelles et gouvernance partagée de par le monde

Le processus collectif de compr√©hension et d‚Äôaction par les communaut√©s locales et d‚Äôautres acteurs sociaux se trouve au cŇďur de la ¬ę cogestion ¬Ľ des ressources naturelles. Ce processus aboutit √† des accords n√©goci√©s sur les r√īles de gestion, les droits, les responsabilit√©s et rendent explicites les conditions et institutions pour une gouvernance saine et d√©centralis√©e. De fait, la cogestion revient √† partager le pouvoir. Cette publication vise √† soutenir ceux qui s‚Äô√©vertuent √† mieux comprendre les processus de la cogestion et de la gouvernance partag√©e, et √† les d√©velopper et les renforcer dans la pratique.

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Sharing Power  Learning by doing in Co-Management of Natural Resources throughout the World

This book is designed to support professionals and citizens at large who wish both to better understand collaborative management processes and to develop and enhance them in practice. The experience of social actors learning by doing and improving their management practices on an on-going basis has informed this book, together with the complex and inspiring ways by which the surrounding socio-political conditions can be improved through participatory democracy.

 front cover pm 15 Policy Matters  Рthe journal of CEESP
These specific issues are particularly relevant for ICCAs:
Conservation and Human Rights
(PM 15, July 2007)

Poverty, Wealth and Conservation
(PM 14, March 2006)

History, Culture and Conservation
(PM 13, Nov 2004)

Community Empowerment for Conservation
(PM 12, Sept 2003)

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CBD Technical Series 15

See in particular: 

Chapter 14 on Protected Areas and People: Participatory Conservation and

Chapter 15 on Governance of Protected Areas, Participation and Equity