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.
30 January 2015