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Newsflash #25 – January 2020


As we usher in a new decade – reportedly our ‘last chance’ to avert total ecological catastrophe – Global Coordinator Holly Jonas reflects on key changes and sets out the ICCA Consortium’s priorities for the coming year. Read more ▸

ICCA Consortium Life

The President and Executive Committee of the ICCA Consortium are delighted to announce the appointment of Ameyali Ramos Castillo and Thomas Niederberger as new coordinators, with effect from 1 January 2020.  Read more ▸
Grazia’s farewell message as Secretary of Council, Global Coordinator and Key Strategy Advisor of the ICCA Consortium: plenty of gratitude and some specific hopes and suggestions… Read more ▸

Local and National - ICCA Consortium News, Events and Initiatives

Despite having been long divided by the border between Ecuador and Peru, the Shuar Arutam people and the Wampis Nation share the same ancestors and land. Now, after three decades of living apart, these two peoples are meeting again, creating shared territorial defense strategies in the face of the threats that plague their land, and envisioning a bi-national autonomous territory, one that transcends borders.  Read more ▸
At a critical time for Indigenous-led conservation in Canada, Indigenous Nations and conservation allies gathered at ICCA Consortium Member Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks to discuss the establishment of and support for Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in their territories. Read more ▸
In October, Natural Justice organized an Environmental Justice Forum in Kenya, tackling the issue of securing land ownership for indigenous and local communities, as a way to protect their livelihoods and ensure better conservation practices of lands and forests. Maryama Farah, Senior Officer at Natural Justice, offers a summary along with her reflections on the event.  Read more ▸

Regional and International - ICCA Consortium News, Events and Initiatives

Sharing her experiences in three youth-led international events in 2019, Emma Courtine, Honorary Member and Secretariat of the ICCA Consortium, reflects on opportunities and ideas for the Consortium to engage youth and enhance youth participation— including the creation of a youth platform within the Consortium! Read more ▸


In 2018, the Council of the ICCA Consortium decided to develop a lexicon of meaningful concepts and terms frequently used in its work, policies, and communications with its Members and Partners. Many of us felt that such a reference compendium would be particularly useful because the Consortium has highlighted and adopted new ways of referring to phenomena which had not been heretofore conceptually analysed. First among them are the very ICCAs—territories of life that are at the heart of the Consortium’s work...  Read more ▸
"Globally, there is a visible counter-trend to the destructive process of ‘development’ that the forces of capitalism, statism, and patriarchy have imposed". In this article, Ashish Kothari (Member of the ICCA Consortium Council of Elders) introduces a new global initiative, attempting to weave together the various movements seeking alternatives to mainstream development.  Read more ▸

News from Our Partners, Allies and Related Initiatives

In 2013, the World Bank launched its Enabling the Business of Agriculture Project, with the aim of guiding pro-business reforms in the agriculture sector by “scoring” countries on the “ease of doing business”. After five years of campaigning and advocacy on the part of land rights defenders, the World Bank has dropped a land indicator that aimed at privatizing the commons in the Global South. ICCA Consortium Honorary member Anuradha Mittal explains the process that led to this major victory, and the future perspectives of the campaign.  Read more ▸

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