First published on 10/19/2015, and last updated on 06/27/2017
Collective Land Tenure and Community Conservation, Policy Brief of the ICCA Consortium, No. 2, The ICCA Consortium in collaboration with Maliasili Initiatives and Cenesta, Tehran. Almeida, F. with G. Borrini-Feyerabend, S. Garnett, H. Jonas, H. Jonas, A. Kothari, E. Lee, M. Lockwood, F. Nelson and S. Stevens. 2015, Tehran, Iran.
This Policy Brief outlines evidence and arguments that affirm a robust positive relationship between the legal recognition of collective customary tenure rights (especially in the case of forests) and the existence and effectiveness of territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (hereafter referred to as ICCAs). It is argued that the recognition of collective tenure rights represents an important enabling factor for communities to achieve positive conservation outcomes. It is also argued that positive conservation outcomes can foster recognition and implementation of collective tenure rights. Recommendations are directed towards legislators, policy makers, donors and indigenous and community leaders, among others.