In July 2022, the ICCA Consortium is organising and participating in three back-to-back events in Kigali, Rwanda: the Consortium’s second Africa Regional Assembly (14-15 July); the pre-Congress Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ workshop (16-17 July, co-organised by the Indigenous Movement for Peace and Conflict Transformation (IMPACT) and the ICCA Consortium); and the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (18-23 July).


From 14-15 July, the ICCA Consortium’s second Africa Regional Assembly brought together more than 70 people, including representatives from nearly 50 Member organisations in the region. After significant efforts to strengthen the ongoing regionalisation process in Africa, particularly through national and sub-regional assemblies, the pan-African assembly provided an opportunity for Members and Honorary members to take stock of current issues in their communities, national contexts, and the continent as a whole, to reflect on the desired future for the ICCA Consortium in the region, and to collectively develop a declaration.

(English translation is approximate). Key outcomes will be shared here when available.

Read the summary of the regional assembly

Read the Declaration of the African Regional Assembly 2022


From 16-17 July, IMPACT (Member) and the ICCA Consortium co-organised a dedicated workshop for Indigenous Peoples and local communities ahead of the IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress. Nearly 150 people (including those who attended the ICCA Consortium’s Africa Regional Assembly) participated in this important preparatory workshop. Among other things, it aimed to: shine a spotlight on how Indigenous Peoples and local communities are conserving a significant proportion of the world’s biodiversity and nature through their self-determined cultures, ways of life and governance systems; to discuss experiences, challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for appropriate recognition and support for communities’ self-determined priorities for their collective lands, waters and territories; to discuss strategies for advancing the movements for conservation justice and collective land, territorial, and tenure and resource rights in the context of nature conservation (including the proposed 30×30 target); and to support Indigenous and community representatives to prepare for participation in the main IUCN Congress.

Key outcomes, including the workshop declaration, will be shared here when available.

Read the Kigali Declaration of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, a product of the pre-congress workshop


The IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress is being held from 18-23 July 2022 at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. The Congress programme consists of several types of events, including: high level panels and leadership dialogues held in plenary; workshops, clinics and campuses held in parallel, organised according to several streams and cross-cutting themes; pavilions; and an exhibition. The ICCA Consortium and many of our Members and Honorary members in Africa are participating in the Congress and organising and presenting in a wide range of events. A non-exhaustive selection is provided below for each day of the Congress. Key outcomes, including the Kigali Call to Action and event-specific summaries, will be added when available.

Read Kigali’s call to action

18 July

19 July

20 July

21 July

22 July

23 July


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Members of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and grassroots civil society organizations are available for interviews and other media opportunities both in Kigali and remotely. Please contact our Communications Coordinator, Mohammad Arju, by email: or Signal/WhatsApp: +8801714076147.

Media contacts for participants from ICCA Consortium Members and network partners from specific regions in Africa

For participants from Central Africa:
Aquilas Koko Ngomo (French, English and Swahili) 

For participants from West Africa:
Salatou Sambou (French) 

For participants from the Sahel:
Alexis Kaboré (French and Mòoré) 

For participants from North Africa:
Soufiane M’Sou (French and Arabic) 

First published on 07/20/2022, and last updated on 07/17/2023