Community Investor Negotiation Guides

Namati has recently launched the Community-Investor Negotiation Guides. These two first-of-their-kind resources support communities and frontline advocates to prepare for — and if they so wish, to engage in — empowered contract negotiations with investors seeking to use community lands and natural resources. Read more ▸

New report by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

In her recent report, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples expresses her grave concern at the drastic increase in attacks and acts of violence against, criminalization of and threats aimed at indigenous peoples, particularly those arising in the context of large-scale projects involving extractive industries, agribusiness, infrastructure, hydroelectric dams and logging.  Read more ▸

National seminar on ICCAs in Malaysia held back-to-back with World Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous peoples’ organisations from across Malaysia gathered for a full-day seminar on ICCAs on 8 August 2018 in Bau, Sarawak. Unique to different Indigenous peoples in the three regions of Malaysia, terms such as Pemakai Menua, Pulau Galau, Gompi Guno and Ingaladan represent sophisticated systems of Indigenous customary laws and practices that enable the respective communities to live in harmony with their traditional territories.  Read more ▸

The ICCA Consortium in Montreal – June 2018

Important gathering of the ICCA Consortium in Montreal last June- July, on the occasion of its Extraordinary General Assembly, the SBSTTA and SBI of the Convention on Biological Diversity and a Community Conservation meeting Read more ▸

Les APAC, un modèle innovant dans la conservation de la biodiversité et les services éco-systémiques en République Démocratique du Congo

Une conférence internationale sur la recherche pour la conservation de la biodiversité et les services éco-systémiques dans la Région du Bassin du Congo s’est tenue à Kinshasa, capitale de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), du 22 au 24 juillet 2018, sous le haut patronage du Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable (MEDD) de la RDC, de l’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) et de l’Ambassade de la République Fédérale d’Allemagne en RDC.  Read more ▸

Indigenous Peoples Manage One Quarter of the Globe, Which Is Good News for Conservation

After pulling together data from 127 sources, including state records, census data, public maps and other studies, an international team of researchers published the first reliable data estimating that indigenous peoples, who make up approximately 5 percent of the world’s population, use or have management rights to more than a quarter of the earth’s surface—roughly 14.7 million square miles of land in 87 political regions. Read more ▸

Respaldo a la Declaracion Kawsak-Sacha del Pueblo Sarayaku

La histórica declaración de “Kawsak Sacha-Selva Viviente” territorio vivo, consciente y sujeto de derecho, formulado por el Pueblo Kichwa de Sarayaku, viviendo en Ecuador estuvo respaldada por la Asamblea Extraordinaria General del Consorcio TICCA, que se llevó a cabo en Junio de 2018. Read more ▸

Burma/Myanmar – Stop the Ridge to Reef project

ICCA Alert – the UNDP GEF incepted the Ridge to Reef Project, a $21 million conservation project that poses to transform 1.4 million hectares of community lands in Tanintharyi Region into Protected Areas, without the proper FPIC of the communities. Read more ▸

Special Issue of PARKS on OECMs

The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas has just released a special issue of its peer-reviewed journal PARKS: The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation, focusing on Other-Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs). Read more ▸

Promoting ICCAs in Southeast Asian Governments

ICCAs were the highlight of the Tenure and Access Rights capacity building session of the CSO Forum for the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) held in Da Nang, Vietnam last June 24-25.  The CSO Forum is an annual gathering organized by NTFP-EP to get inputs and recommendations from NGOs and indigenous and local communities from eight countries on the themes of tenure, safeguards, livelihoods and governance.  Read more ▸

Risks to the sanctity of community lands in Kenya. A critical assessment of new legislation with reference to forestlands

This paper focuses upon loopholes in new laws that could exclude forested lands from collective entitlement, impairing constitutional advances in the process. Ambiguity within the Kenyan Constitution itself plays a role. Therefore, while lesser impediments to land justice may be remedied through clarifying regulations and parliamentary removal of offending clauses, judicial interpretation of constitutional intentions is required.  Read more ▸