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This page contains practical resources for documenting, analysing and/or promoting awareness of ICCAs. It is designed for indigenous peoples and/or local communities who are actively governing and managing their ICCAs. It may also be useful to ICCA-concerned/interested groups and individuals working directly with indigenous peoples and/or local communities related to ICCAs.   

A Toolkit to Enhance Community Capacities

In cooperation with the ICCA Consortium, UNEP WCMC and UNDP GEF SGP have¬†produced a Toolkit to enhance community capacity to secure their ICCAs: A¬†Toolkit for indigenous peoples and local communities who manage and govern¬†their conservation areas¬†‚Äď Building capacity from existing expertise and new tools‚Äė. The publication¬†is designed to help indigenous peoples and local communities to access¬†information and resources that can help support their conservation¬†initiatives and their own livelihoods. It includes small case studies and a¬†wealth of information on five main topics:1.Documenting presence; 2.¬†Management planning; 3. Monitoring and evaluation; 4. Communication; and 5.¬†Finance and values.


ICCA Photo Stories

Inspired by a successful wave of social and visual media sweeping the globe this past decade, the Consortium and UNDP GEF SGP have begun exploring photo stories as tools for documenting and raising awareness about ICCAs and a number of Photo Stories have already been produced in Indonesia, Niger, the Philippines and Spain. 

A Photo Story is essentially a short video (normally between 4-5 minutes) consisting of photos accompanied by running script (on the screen) and/or voice/music narration. It can easily be uploaded and available to anyone with access to internet. Watch more photo Stories

More on Photo Stories from Consortium members and staff who actually helped communities to make them:

From Confucius to Blackberries: telling stories through photos’

Introduction to a Photostory process in India

Making a Photostory in India

Making of a Photo-story in Cambodia

Questions for a Photo story (in general)

Draft methodology for¬†‘Threats to ICCAs and community responses‚ÄĒfacilitating grassroots analyses and the development of a Photo Story’.


ICCA Resilience and Security tool (RST)

An¬†ICCA Resilience and Security Tool¬†was developed to help communities develop their own self-assessment of internal and external strengths and weaknesses affecting the existence and sustainability of their ICCAs. ¬†The tool and accompanying methodology have been field tested by the Consortium and its Members in Senegal and Nepal in 2011 and in the Philippines, Indonesia, Niger and Spain in 2012. The Tool is a set of questions to be discussed in grassroots meetings as¬†‚Äúentry points‚Ä̬†for indigenous peoples and local communities to evaluate the resilience and security of their ICCAs. ¬†‚ÄúInternal factors‚Ä̬†that are explored through the facilitated discussions include the strength of the relationship between the people and their territory/ nature, their own governing institutions and the actual status of their environment.¬†‚ÄúExternal factors‚Ä̬†include existing forms of recognition and support, as well as existing threats and disruptive forces (e.g., important migration phenomena, economic powers affecting or coveting the area, ongoing conflicts). While the Tool offers a way to¬†‚Äúscore‚Ä̬†the Resilience and Security Status of a given ICCA, its purpose is mostly as an occasion for self-awareness and timely planning to fend off problems and threats.


¬†A document to enhance understanding of tenure and governance rights – People‚Äôs Manual on the Guidelines on Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests‚ÄĒA guide for promotion, implementation, monitoring and evaluation

Please download below this excellent document, dedicated to the memory of our colleague, friend and ICCA Consortium member Chandrika Sharma, which will be helpful to understand the practical implications of the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for the Governance of Tenure.   The document is available in English, Spanish and French


Biocultural Community Protocols: A Toolkit for Community Facilitators’

It is intended to support communities to secure their rights and responsibilities and strengthen customary ways of life and stewardship of their territories and areas. It is directed primarily towards facilitators from the communities themselves or from supporting organizations with whom they have long-standing and positive relationships. An ‘Introduction to the Toolkit’ is also available to download.¬†