Life is not always easy for ICCA advocates! The gathering witnessed many heated debates surrounding ICCAs in Nepal!
The NG was used as a platform for community members from twenty-nine ICCAs to meet one another, share experiences discuss concerns and issues facing them and plan ahead for policy advocacy and lobbying for ICCAs in Nepal including the formation of a National ICCA Federation under the “Organizational Registration Act 2034 (1978)” Law.
Towards the latter, the participants decided to officially register four ICCAs, as the law requires a minimum of seven registered organisations for the formation of a National Federation. In order to coordinate this process, the gathering also appointed a coordination committee of four members. This informal network currently faces issues related to financial constraints as well as political resistance arising mainly from a lack of understanding of ICCAs among numerous politically powerful stakeholders in the country. It is hoped however that this loose ICCA Network will eventually become known as a legally registered National ICCA Federation in the coming year.
Documents for downloading from/relating to the Gathering
- An Interaction on Recognizing and Supporting ICCAs: A Promising Complementary Approach to Biodiversity Conservation in Nepal, 2 December
- Media Roundtable Discussion on Policies and Practices of Biodiversity Conservation in Nepal: The Role of ICCAs, 4 December
- Synthesis Report on the Fourth National Gathering of ICCAs in Nepal, 17 – 18 December, 2012
- A Synthesis report on Ban Chautari: The Role of ICCAs in Biodiversity Conservation in Nepal, 18 December, 2012