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Throughout the world, ICCAs are telling their stories in photostories and videos

   

NEPAL

The ICCA Story of the Pungmo Indigenous Community

This people is living in one of the most remote area of Nepal, and throughout the video, they explain with a lot of clarity how they are governing their own ICCA. You will see its historical origin, many challenges this people is facing, that are entailed by many threats to local cultural and biological diversity, as well as the needs and demands of the relevant community.

Find here their report: Pungmo ICCA in Dolpa District, Nepal: Threats and Responses

 

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Les ravins mystiques de MWEKA

En RĂ©publique DĂ©mocratique du Congo, prĂ©s du village enclavĂ© de Mpianga Makechi — oĂą cohabitent le peuple autochtone pygmĂ©e Bitangombo et des personnes d’autres ethnies— se trouve le site des « ravins de Mweka ». Seul les “tenants du pouvoir” locaux peuvent s’y approcher et ce lien mystique contribue a les conserver de façon très stricte. Dans ce film on peut apprĂ©cier la complexitĂ© de la situation sociale, culturelle et Ă©conomique qui a contribuĂ© Ă  crĂ©er et maintenir cette APAC.

 

 

KISSI MBOSSA (EN) — Pygmies preserving their landscape in DRC

The indigenous pygmies of DRC (Congo) are seeking a legal recognition of their forest land as conservation areas. By declaring their forests as “KISSI MBOSSA” (fertile areas), they demonstrate their usefulness for the livelihood of the communities and the role of their pygmy culture in conservation. This KISSI MBOSSA has the characteristics of the Indigenous Community Conserved Areas and territories (ICCA), which are protected areas governed by indigenous people & local communities, now internationally recognized as a very usefull type of natural resources governance to safeguard the planet. This film was made to support the indigenous peoples and local communities of DRC in their advocacy for the official recognition of ICCAs in the national legislation. It is part of a serie of three films from three different provinces of the DRC.

KISSI MBOSSA (FR) Les peuples pygmĂ©ss prĂ©servent leur paysage en RDC…

Les peuples autochtones pygmĂ©es de RDC recherchent une reconnaissance lĂ©gale de leurs territoires forestiers en tant qu’aire de conservation. En dĂ©clarant ces forĂŞts sous le nom “KISSI MBOSSA” (Espaces fĂ©conds), ils dĂ©montrent leur utilitĂ© pour la subsistance des communautĂ©s et le rĂ´le de leur culture pygmĂ©e dans la conservation de la nature. Ce KISSI MBOSSA a les caractĂ©ristiques des aires et territoires du patrimoine autochtone et communautaire (APAC) qui sont des aires protĂ©gĂ©es en gouvernance communautaire, maintenant reconnues au niveau international comme utiles Ă  la sauvegarde de la planète. Ce film a Ă©tĂ© rĂ©alisĂ© pour aider au plaidoyer des peuples autochtones et des communautĂ©s locales de la RDC en faveur de la reconnaissance officielle des APAC dans la lĂ©gislation de ce pays. Il fait partie d’une sĂ©rie de trois films rĂ©alisĂ©s dans trois provinces diffĂ©rentes de la RDC.

CANADA

For Our Grandchildren, Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks

Presented by Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks, this 6min video takes you on a journey through Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation ha-hool-thee (traditional territory) and focuses on the eechmis (very precious) areas including the Clayoquot River Valley, the place of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s origin.

To know more about the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks, follow them on Facebook, or have a look at their website!

SENEGAL

An ICCA in Casamance… The story of Kawawana!

En Casamance, un groupe de pêcheur a tiré derrière elle toute sa communauté pour mettre en place une Aire du Patrimoine Communautaire (APAC) exemplaire. En Français sous-titré anglais.In Casamance, a fisherman group brought with it the entire community to set up an exemplary ICCA. In french, with english subtitles.

Pour en savoir plus sur Kawawana, veuillez lire leur rapport “Kawawana en marche!”, ainsi que le livre “il Ă©tait une fois Kawawana” paru en 2013.

To know more about Kawawana, find a presentation here!

Laissez-vous porter un instant sur les eaux – pas si calmes- de Kawawana

Let yourself go on Kawawana’s, not so calm, waters

BORNEO

Sunset Over Selungo

Borneo is the third largest island in the world. It holds some of the oldest and most precious ecosystems on the planet and is home to an amazing diversity of indigenous cultures. It is split into three countries: Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia. Malaysian Borneo is split into the states of Sabah and Sarawak. The Selungo river runs through a remote network of valleys in the highland interior of Sarawak. Dense forests cover the steep slopes and ridges, blanketing the land into the distance. The Penan people are the original inhabitants of these forests. The Selungo valley is one part of their homeland.
In 2009, 18 Penan villages united to create a proposal for a new protected area. The aim: to guard their lands against loggers and preserve their culture for generations to come. The Penan Peace Park was born. It is now called the Baram Peace Park

 

CAMBODIA

We don’t need a hydropower dam – a Photo Story by the Bunong community of Kbal Romeas village (Cambodia)

In the northeast of Cambodia, the Bunong community of Kbal Romeas village lives a simple but happy life thanks to their rice fields, vegetable gardens, fishing river, and cattle. The Kbal Roms residents also collect Non-Timber Forest Products in the forests around the village, with the exception of their highly respected spiritual, prohibited & burial forests. Today, however, the territory they have sustainably managed & protected for generations is now under serious threat. A hydropower dam project approved by the government is due to flood their ICCA and displace them somewhere else (they have no idea where to). The companies that will benefit from selling  hydroelectricity have not conducted proper consultations with Kbal Romeas and other communities to be affected. There is still hope, however, that their voices can be heard and the worst impacts avoided… Feel free to share their story widely!

Watch the Photo Story in Khmer (with English subtitles)

– Read the Grassroots discussion (to come soon)

See how the community was assisted in the making of the Photo Story!

INDIA

Photo Story (Nagaland) ‘TzĂĽla Green Zone – A Photostory by the Ao people of Ungma & Longsa’

In the North Eastern corner of India, in the State of Nagaland, various tribes – the Nagas – are proudly defending their right to self-determination. Their cultural practices were traditionally articulated around activities such as collective hunting and fishing, but wildlife has been declining dramatically over the past decades in the forested hills they have inhabited since ancient times. This due to new practices such as electrical or chemical fishing, or individual hunting for commercial purposes. Some communities have therefore decided to develop conservation efforts embedded in their own cultural values. This Photo Story is about such an initiative, which was started in 2010 by two villages of the Ao tribe in the district of Mokokchung, Longsa and Ungma.– Watch the Photo Story in Ao (with English subtitles)– Watch the Photo Story in English

– Read the Grassroots Discussion Report

 
BOLIVIA

Fighting for the Survival of the Isoseño-Guaraní Culture

The Isoseño-GuaranĂ­ People, in the Department of Santa-Cruz, in Bolivia, is living in the Isoso region, located in the lower portion of the ParapetĂ­ river basin. The story of vindication of its territory is not yet concluded. This video shows the effort of its territorial management strategy which involve their indigenous territory and its relationship with the Bolivia’s largest protected area. (In Guarani with English subtitles)

Luchando por la pervivencia de la cultura Isoseño-Guaraní

El pueblo Isoseño-Guaraní, en el Departamento de Santa Cruz, en Bolivia, habita la región del Isoso, ubicado en la porción baja de la cuenca del río Parapetí. La historia de reinvindicación de su territorio aún no concluye. Este video muestra el esfuerzo de su estrategia de gestión territorial que involucra su territorio indígena y su vinculación con el área protegida más grande de Bolivia. (Guaraní con subtítulos en inglés) 

CHILE

El territorio Kawesqar Waes

En los fiordos del sur austral de Chile ha vivido durante más de 6.000 años, el pueblo KawĂ©sqar. Su territorio, KawĂ©sqar Waes, se divide en dos áreas geográficas, Malte y Jautok, donde los sitios tabĂş tienen una importancia crucial. Sin embargo, en 1969 el Estado de Chile estableciĂł allĂ­ el área protegida más grande del paĂ­s: el Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins que alcanza 3,5 millones de hectáreas. Los KawĂ©sqar fueron obligados a establecerse en la ciudad de Puerto EdĂ©n, mientras la caza, la reciolecciĂłn y las prácticas tradicionales estuvieron prohibidas. Sin embargo, a pesar de todos los esfuerzos por chilenizar al pueblo KawĂ©sqar y de las recientes amenazas como el cultivo del salmĂłn a gran escala, sus descendientes todavĂ­a están luchando por sus derechos, el territorio y la supervivencia de su cultura. Hoy ellos están reclamando la gobernanza compartida del Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins. (SubtĂ­tulos en ingles)

English: In the fjords of the Southernmost part of Chile has lived for more than 6 thousand years, the Kawésqar people. On their territory, Kawésqar Waes, the State of Chile established in 1969  the largest protected area in the country: the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, with 3.5 million hectares. Today they are claiming to share governance of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park (Read more on this link. Subtitles in english)

PHILIPPINES

Photo Story ‘The Ikalahan Community of Imugan, Santa Fe, Nueva Vizacaya, Northern Luzon, Philippines: Threates and Responses

The Ikalahan are an indigenous people in the province of Nueva Vizcaya in Northeast Philippines. The Ikalahan ancestral domain covers some of the mountain ranges of the Cordillera and Caraballo, comprising mountain forests and farm lands with high levels of biodiversity.  The Ikalahan have learned valuable lessons in their so far successful efforts to protect their territory from mining companies…

Grassroots discussion report: A report on the Ikhalahan Community of Imugan, Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya, Northern Luzon, Philippines: Threats to ICCAs and Community Responses – The Ikhalahan experience

PARAGUAY

 Photo Story ‘Defending the Indigenous Territory of the Ayoreo who are in Voluntary Isolation’

The Ayoreo People are the last people south from the Amazon Basin who still have members living in voluntary isolation. They live in the remaining dense semiarid bush and forests of the Chaco. The traditional Ayoreo Territory covers some 300,000 Km2 between Paraguay and Bolivia. They conform a brave warrior people who remained free from colonial exploitation for many centuries. The Ayoreo People used to live unperturbed until the 1930s, although, efforts to forcefully settle them started already in the seventeenth century. Through massive efforts by missionaries from Mennonite and Evangelists religious sects and the Paraguayan Government, they were forced out of their territory and forced to live in confined settlements. At present, this territory is being deforested rampantly to give space to extensive cattle ranching, other forms of agriculture and oil prospection. This photo story shows what the Ayoreo people, organized in the UNAP (Union of Native Ayoreo People of Paraguay), are doing to recover their land and dignity, which are, as they say, the essential elements of their territory. The efforts of the Ayoreo People to maintain the environmental and natural attributes of their Indigenous territory are similar to the efforts by numerous other Indigenous Peoples around the world who are aiming to conserve their indigenous territory as an ICCA.

Read the full Photo Story (En Español)

Read the Introduction (In English)

KENYA

Photo Story (Kenya)Vumbwe Village, Tana Saving our Forests and Lakes

The village of Vumbwe — tucked away in the north-eastern corner of the Tana Delta Irrigation Project (Kenya) — is inhabited by Pokomo (300) and a small group of Wataa people (25).  The village lands also regularly accommodate nomadic livestock keepers mainly from the Wardei community. The Pokomo—who have been recession farmers in the floodplain since at least the Middle Ages—have recently seen their  livelihoods severely disrupted by a series of “development” initiatives, including dams, irrigation schemes and monoculture plantations, and by the encroachment of charcoal makers and loggers in their local forests.  These phenomena they are all determined to counteract.  Today, the Pokomo are ready to declare their lakes and forests along the Lango la Simba channel as an ICCA. They would like to restore their forest by negotiating increased water flow and stronger flood peaks so that groundwater can be recharged. They would like to impede entry to charcoal makers and loggers. And they are keen to start some ecotourism initiatives…Learn more

Grassroots discussion report: Saving our Forests and Lakes in Vumbe Village, Tana (Kenya)

INDONESIA 

Photo Story (Indonesia) ‘The Dayak Limbai Bunyau Indigenous community: defending our ICCA

The Dayak Limbai Indigenous community live in Bunyau village in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. For generations they have protected thier ‘Bukit Bunyau’ (ICCA). It provides them with food, their livelihoods and is their spiritual and cultural home. Today, it’s very survival and integrity is threatened by logging, mining and palm oil applications approaching Bukit Bunyau from all directions. This Photo Story tells of Bunyau communities fight to protect thier ICCA. Learn more...

Grassroots discussion report: A Dayak Limbai Indigenous People’s story – “Protecting our Bukit Bunyau ICCA from logging, mining, palm oil plantations and other encroaching threats” Sintang District, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

NIGER 

Les Aires et Territories du Patrimoines Communautaire au Niger: Le Houroum de Malley (Malley ICCA)’ 

Le Niger est un immense pays sahélien d’élevage par excellence, parcouru depuis des millénaires par différents peuples nomades, dont les communautés Peuls, qui ont su s’adapter à la rigueur du climat et à des conditions de pâturage complexes. Les systèmes agropastoraux qui prévalent encore dans la sous-région se basent sur les acquis du passé (couloirs de transhumance, aires de pâturage, de repos, organisation endogène des communautés nomades, etc…) et ces systèmes endogènes sont, dans leur conception, non seulement respectueux du renouvellement des ressources naturelles mais sont aussi favorables à la conservation de la diversité bio-culturelle de ces milieux. Photo Story French version

Niger is a country of pastoralism and transhumance, at the very heart of the Sahel. Its land has been traversed for millennia by various nomadic peoples, including Fulani communities who have adapted their livelihoods to the harsh climatic conditions within the region. Agro-pastoral systems still prevail here thanks to generation-old traditions of established transhumance corridors, grazing areas and the endogenous organization of nomadic communities. These ancient livelihoods systems, also support the conservation of bio-cultural diversity. Photo Story English version…

Grassroots discussion report: (InFrench) ‘Rapport de synthèse des travaux rĂ©alisĂ©s avec les communautĂ©s Peuls de Malley et Kollangou-Bangui – (Dpt de Madaoua – NIGER)’.

SPAIN 

Photo Story (Spain) ‘Threats of the Neighbour Woodland (MVMC) of Santiago de Covelo, Galicia, NW Spain’

The “Monte Veciñal en Man ComĂşn (MVMC) of Santiago de Covelo” (ICCA) is a 700 hectare common neighbour woodland situated in the municipality of Covelo, Pontevedra province, region of Galicia, NW Spain. This MVMC is a low mountain wet Atlantic forest, with shrubs, pastures and bogs that harbours several ‘EU priority habitats and species‘. This area has been commonly owned and managed for generations by Covelo community members in turn providing them with pastures, timber, hunting etc,. The chief threats to the survival and integrity of this MVMC are rural depopulation and ageing, as well as lack of support from local administration and authorities. The local community, who protect and manage MVMC recieve very little recognition and face difficulties when trying to enforce their rights, particularly relating to the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Learn more

‘Grassroots discussion report: ‘Facilitating grassroots analyses and the participatory development of a photo story on threats to “Santiago de Covelo neighbour woodland” ICCA and its community responses’. 

 
 

ICCA-Related Videos

John Studley, ICCA Consortium honorary member, describs the “numina”— the supernatural, pre-Buddhist beings who inhabit the middle-heights of the Tibetan plateau and appear to greatly contribute to conserve them “as ICCAs”.
Claude BEERON, Traditional owner of Girringun (Queensland, Australia)

His speech during the closure ceremony of the World Park Congress Sydney 2014

 

What is at stake with ICCAs in the Philippines and in the rest of the world?

Video of the Philippines TV channel PTV 4 following the first National Conference on the Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCA), held at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG), UP Diliman, Quezon City. Dave De Vera( From the ICCA Consortium member Philippine Association For Intercultural Development – PAFID) , together with Giovanni Reyes (From the ICCA Consortium member: Koalisyon ng mga Katutubong Samahan ng Pilipinas, Inc. – KASAPI), Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend (ICCA Consortium Global Coordinator) and Floradema Eleazar (ICCA Consortium Honorary Member and project manager at the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources of the Ministry of the Environment of the Philippines – DENR) discuss what is at stake regarding ICCAs in the Philippines and in the world.

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 For the ICCA Consortium vimeo page, which includes access to several ICCA Photo stories, please click here.

What is the Green Economy? Dr. Mohammed Taghi Farvar, Consortium President at Rio+20

Taghi offers his take on the Corporate Green Economy. 

   

Seeds of Freedom – A landmark film from The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network (Consortium Members).

Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system. The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, andgenetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro -biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture. Click here to watch the film.

 

Equator Prize Winner: Association des Pêcheurs de La Communauté Rural de Mangagoulak (Consortium Member) 

The Fishers’ Association of the Rural Community of Mangagoulack – established by fishers from eight villages in central Casamance – won the Equator Prize 2012 for thier great work with managing an ICCA with the aim of improving local incomes, strengthening food security and sovereignty, and protecting biodiversity. For the Equator Prize video, click here.

 

Community Conservation in Europe workshop, September 2012

This workshop highlighted European communities’ role in conservation, livelihoods and culture. About 50 participants from all over Europe convened in Gerace in Calabria to share, illustrate and discuss experiences on community conservation within Europe, many of which can be classified, in some capacity or another as ICCAs. Click here to watch the video.

 

‘Tárcoles: al ritmo del mar’ (Tarcoles: the rhythm of the sea)

This visually stunning video tells the story of the Tarcoles community who have successfully established an independent artisanal fishing community. Click here to watch the video.

The video was created by Coopesolidar: a self-managed cooperative designed to support the conservation of natural resources, cultural identity and social solidarity.

 

VIDEO: ‘Land has breath – Rediscovering Altai’s human-nature relationships’

This video documents Slava Cheltuev, a Telengit community leader and shaman from Russian Altai’s high altitude Kosh Agach Raion as he traverses the Altai’s sacred lands. He reflects on the 21st century world and stresses the importance of reviving vital traditional knowledge – age-old wisdom that instructs the respectful and harmonic relationship between local environment and human behaviour. Click here to see the video.