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Newsflash #14 – January 2019

Local and National - ICCA Consortium News, Events and Initiatives

In November 2018, TransCanada tried to enter Unist’ot’en territory to begin work on their fracked gas pipeline. They were respectfully turned away but the struggle had to be intensified in response to several further attacks, both legal and physical. The ICCA Consortium is joining the international wave of solidarity. Read more ▸
A multi-stakeholder workshop organized by PACOS Trust and SGP-Malaysia called for more support for communities’ self-strengthening efforts, the establishment of a national ICCA working group and the development of a dedicated law on ICCAs—Territories of Life. Read more ▸
As the Uganda Wildlife Authority develops the second iteration of its Community Conservation Policy, communities and their territories should look beyond conventional “community” conservation and towards ICCAs – territories of life. This is already beginning in the Karenga Community Wildlife Area… Read more ▸
Last month, indigenous Karen communities, the Salween Peace Park Committee, and the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN - an ICCA Consortium Member) officially launched the Salween Peace Park in the Mutraw District of Myanmar’s Kayin State. Read more ▸
In 2018, the work of the Taiwan Indigenous Conserved Territories Union (TICTU - an ICCA Consortium Member) in Taiwan was concentrated along four fronts: a mega solar-power farm project, an air force base, conflicts in traditional territories, and nuclear waste dumps.  Read more ▸
On the occasion of the VIth National Conference of Applied Anthropology in Cremona, Italy, held on December 13th, 2018, two initiatives, organised by ICCA Consortium Honorary members, took place to highlight the recognition of “commons” as a crucial means to conserve biodiversity.  Read more ▸

Regional and International - ICCA Consortium news, events and initiatives

The voices of the women of the sea from communities of Barbados, St Kitts, Grenada, Belize and Costa Rica were heard loud and clear at a learning exchange aimed at strengthening the capacities of fisherwomen in the backdrop of the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines. Read more ▸
The ICCA Consortium joined Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Network members at the 55th GEF Council Meeting and CSO consultation. An opportunity to enhance the value of ICCAs and the need for their recognition, as well as to support a meaningful “inclusive conservation”. Read more ▸
UNFCCC’s 24th Conference of the Parties began with great expectations. Despite some progress such as the creation of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform, COP24 overall was marred by insufficient ambition and action on crucial issues. Read more ▸
David Barkin y Albert Chan Dzul, Miembros y Miembros Honorarios del Consorcio TICCA, participaron en la Conferencia de la Sociedad Internacional de Economía Ecológica, recordando que si bien la lucha es desde abajo, también exigimos a los gobiernos estatales y otros actores así como a los diferentes instrumentos de la ONU que apoyen los TICCA-territorios de vida Read more ▸
By knowing the history of an organisation, we can better understand its motivations and actions. This beautiful multimedia story provides a glimpse of the 15 biggest moments so far of ICCA Consortium Member Blue Ventures’ ongoing journey, which began in Madagascar and continues to grow with coastal communities around the world. Read more ▸


El término ‘conservación inclusiva’ ha sido adoptado recientemente por el Fondo para el Medio Ambiente Mundial en su programa 2018-2020 para la financiación de la biodiversidad. En este contexto, el Consorcio TICCA propone aquí una definición y recomendaciones Read more ▸
This academic research, co-authored by Nonette Royo, an ICCA Consortium Honorary member, aims to support policy innovation, using geospatial and qualitative data from Amazonia, Indonesia, and Mesoamerica to explain how infrastructure and extractive industry lead directly and indirectly to deforestation, forest degradation, and increasingly precarious rights for forest peoples. Read more ▸
By putting farmers and peoples at the centre, food sovereignty allows the traditional custodians of terraced landscapes to regenerate a diversity of local ecologies, economies, and cultures as part of a new modernity. After briefly describing the origins and history of food sovereignty, this paper, written by Michel Pimbert, an ICCA Consortium Honorary member, highlights some of the major challenges that need to be addressed to enable the spread of food sovereignty in terraced landscapes and their associated territories.  Read more ▸
Jointly published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this publication provides recommendations to enable and secure transboundary mobility for sustainable pastoralism, an overview of several legal and policy mechanisms and several cases of successful bilateral and multilateral agreements. Read more ▸

News from Our Partners, Allies and Related Initiatives

The Equator Prize shines a spotlight on outstanding community efforts across the tropics that exemplify sustainable development through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Submit nominations by 26 February 2019! Read more ▸
The UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) commemorates the launch of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, acknowledging the critical role of Indigenous ecological knowledge for maintaining biodiversity and addressing climate change. Read more ▸

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