By Tanya Conlu, ICCA Consortium Regional Coordinator for Southeast Asia on behalf of NTFP-EP
ICCAs were the highlight of the “Tenure and Access Rights capacity-building session” of the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Forum for the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF), held in Da Nang, Vietnam, June 24-25, 2018. The CSO Forum is an annual gathering organized by NTFP-EP (ICCA Consortium member) to gather input and recommendations from NGOs and indigenous and local communities from eight countries in the region, on the themes of tenure, safeguards, livelihoods and governance. These ideas and concerns are then presented to ASEAN delegates as they prepare for the AWG-SF Conference where regional policy on social forestry and related concerns are discussed. ICCA recognition became a focus of the CSO Forum in the 2017 session, and it continues to be a key issue.
In the two-hour session, ICCA Consortium members PACOS Trust, Pan Nature and NTFP-EP talked about the progress in the recognition of ICCAs in their respective countries and showed videos of ICCAs. They facilitated a skill-sharing session on ICCA mapping and discussed the issues and experiences they shared while working with ICCAs.
More details of the gathering can be read in: http://www.nature.org.vn/en/2018/06/the-7th-annual-meeting-of-the-cso-forum-on-social-forestry-in-asean/
(Photo credits: Dazzle Labapis/NTFP-EP)