Africa

A Possible Legal Route to Secure and Reinforce ICCAs–territories of life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, the National Assembly deemed the proposed “Organic Bill on fundamental principles relating to the protection and promotion of Indigenous peoples’ rights” admissible. This tremendous step forward is the result of a decade of advocacy work by the Indigenous movement in Congo, and could led to the recognition of Indigenous Pygmy peoples as well as their territories and ancestral knowledge.  Read more ▸

BIOSEC Podcast on Community Conservation in Romania and Rwanda

In the third podcast of the BIOSEC Project, ICCA Consortium Honorary members Elaine (Lan Yin) Hsiao and George Iordăchescu draw on their experiences in Romania and Rwanda to discuss the establishment of protected areas and how this affects the relationship between local communities and their environments. Read more ▸

A New Resource for African Environmental Defenders

On International Human Rights Day, Natural Justice (ICCA Consortium Member) and the International Land Coalition present “African Environmental Defenders”, a resource for African land and environmental defenders. It aims at providing funding support in emergency situations.  Read more ▸

Water Flowing Up the Mountain: Development Devours Forest Reserve

A forest reserve outside Zambia’s capital has been shrunk significantly to make way for housing and lifestyle developments. Even worse, these new developments are pumping sewage into the Chalimbana River and contaminating the fish and water that local communities rely on. Local activists, like Robert Chimambo (ICCA Consortium Honorary member), are struggling to protect the river and forest, and hope to turn this territory into a community protected forest area.  Read more ▸

Pan-African Alliance Seeks to Protect Territories of Life With a Revolutionary Tool

Among the many existing tools for documenting ICCAs, the one proposed by InsightShare proves to be a powerful way for communities to create participatory media that reflects their unique concerns and amplifies their unique voices. InsightShare shared examples of effective uses of video during the Video4Change gathering, attended by 40 indigenous activists and video practitioners, including Ivan Vaalbooi and Lesle Jansen from Natural Justice (ICCA Consortium Member).  Read more ▸

Sacred Forests and Crocodile Ponds: Key Insights from Binational Gathering on ICCAs in Benin and Burkina Faso

A workshop on ICCAs in Burkina Faso and Benin brought together many Consortium actors from both countries, as well as supporters, partners and resource persons. It was an opportunity to raise the visibility of ICCAs, discuss community governance dynamics, identify threats and possible solutions and formulate recommendations to states, NGOs and communities. Read more ▸

Beyond the Complexities: How Do We Engage in Community Land Discussions?

In October, Natural Justice organized an Environmental Justice Forum in Kenya, tackling the issue of securing land ownership for indigenous and local communities, as a way to protect their livelihoods and ensure better conservation practices of lands and forests. Maryama Farah, Senior Officer at Natural Justice, offers a summary along with her reflections on the event.  Read more ▸