First published on 11/15/2014, and last updated on 05/17/2017
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.