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Global ICCA Support Initiative


Update July 2016-07-16: we are pleased to announce that the ICCA Global Support Initiative (GSI) is finally moving to strategic support operations in a number of countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal and Vietnam.¬† Even GEF SGP countries not originally included in the program ‚Äď such as Guinea ‚Äď are also supporting national strategic initiatives for ICCAs.¬† For more information please contact the relevant Consortium Regional Coordinators.

A methodology to facilitate, accompany and support the self-strengthening of ICCAs is under development and will be offered to the national strategic organizations engaged with GSI. 




The German government, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have formed a new partnership to create the largest global fund for territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs).¬† The initiative is entitled ‚ÄėSupport to indigenous peoples‚Äô and community conserved areas and territories (ICCAs) through the GEF Small Grants Programme‚ÄĚ and is referred to with the short abbreviation GSI.¬† It is¬†financed over five years as a contribution to the achievement of targets contained in the CBD Aichi 2020 framework, and is working in at least 26 countries at the global level.

The initiative acts at as an umbrella for coherent projects of many partners and is designed to improve recognition, support and effectiveness of ICCAs by enhancing capacities at many levels. Through that, it supports the diversity, quality and vitality of governance of the global network of ‚Äúprotected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures‚ÄĚ as articulated in the Promise of Sydney of the World Parks Congress of 2014.¬† The ICCA Consortium is providing technical assistance on ICCAs to all the partners in the initiative.

TAG meeting at IUCN Hq ‚Äď 23 November 2015

A Technical Advisory Group meeting for GSI was held at IUCN Hq. on 23 November, 2015.  Participants included Delfin Ganapin, Terence Hay-Edie, Trevor Sandwith,  James Hardcastle, Marie Fishborn, M. Taghi Farvar, Grazia BF, Sarah Ryder and Heather Bingham.  Naomi Kingston attended part of the meeting by Skype. This presentation was offered by the ICCA Consortium as a partial report of accomplished work. Please find here the ICCA Consortium work report presentation


Inception Meeting IUCN Headquarter, Gland (Switzerland) 27 ‚Äď 30 Jan 2015

From 27th to 30th January 2015, twenty-one individuals affiliated with the implementing partners of the initiative gathered at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) headquarters in Gland, Switzerland to discuss definitions and work processes. The implementing partners are the UNDP GEF SGP, the ICCA Consortium, the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC). Other organisations present were the Equator Initiative, which is currently coordinating the World Indigenous Network (WIN) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Four days of explanations, discussions, presentations and group work resulted in a greater understanding of the definition and complexities of ICCAs, and an agreement on a timeline of activities for the four implementing partners to carry out work throughout 2015.  Attendees heard about ICCA examples from Central America, Ecuador, Iran, China, The Philippines, Kenya, Namibia and other countries around the world.  Read the report here



Is this a good ICCA initiative ?
Distilled advices from the ICCA Consortium members and honorary members
Your can read here the presentation in English Se puede leer aqui la presentacion en Espa√Īol Vous pouvez trouver ici la pr√©sentation en fran√ßais