Categories Latin America, Press Release

International registration of Brazil’s ICCAs: New report presents the way forward

First published on 09/28/2020, and last updated on 10/09/2020

The Institute Society, Population, and Nature (ISPN) has published a report titled ‘ICCAs: Analysis of the Legal Context and Policies Implementation in Brazil’. ISPN is based in Brazil.

This study is based on the work of the Natural Justice, ICCA Consortium, and Mulheres em Ação no Pantanal (MUPAN) and has incorporated the contributions of the Workshop on Community Conserved Territories, held in Brasilia, on August 30 and 31, 2019.

The Brasilia workshop included the participation of invited representatives of Indigenous Peoples and traditional communities and governmental and non-governmental partner organizations. Before publications, the report was also submitted to a final revision by representatives of communities, institutions, and experts.

The report explores the concept of territories and areas conserved by Indigenous Peoples and traditional and local communities (ICCAs) and its possible suitability for cases in Brazil. It presents a general analysis of the laws, regulations, and public policies related to the rights to lands of Indigenous Peoples, Quilombola communities, extractivist and other traditional communities in Brazil.

Based on the exploration documentation and the legal analysis, the report presents potential opportunities for international registration of these ICCAs.

The report was authored by Cláudio C. Maretti and Juliana F. Simões for the Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI).  

The complete and original version in Portuguese is available here ISPN website, a shorter English version is available here for free download. 

Lívia Carvalho Moura
Technical Advisor of the Cerrado and Caatinga Program
Institute Society, Population and Nature – ISPN



Maretti, C.C. & Simões, J.F. 2020. ICCAs: Analysis of the legal context and territories implementation in Brazil; territories and areas conserved by Indigenous Peoples and traditional and local communities in Brazil and relations with the concepts associated with ICCAs. Brasília: Institute Society, Population and Nature (ISPN). 68 p. 


Featured image: A collage of the cover and two other images from the report.