A great part of the planet’s remaining biodiversity is found within terrestrial, coastal and marine territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities, to which we broadly refer as “ICCAs” or “territories of life”. These territories of life, however, are under increasing threat, as are the indigenous peoples and communities who protect and defend them. Natural resource-intensive industrial activities such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, mineral and hydrocarbon extraction, and infrastructure and energy developments are deeply and increasingly affecting their integrity and resilience. Such threats can be an “existential threat” to territories of life and the communities for whom they are essential for their identity, culture and livelihoods. The ICCA Consortium’s mission requires that such threats to territories of life, and the related threats to those who defend them, are an integral part of its policies and actions.

We are currently developing a policy and work plan and engaging with other networks and alliances to address these complex issues, with a particular focus on the collective and community dimensions. We welcome inputs on the latest draft (20.09.18), available in English, French and Spanish. A revised version of this draft policy will be tabled for adoption at the General Assembly from 12-13 November 2018 in Bishoftu, Ethiopia. Subsequent versions and further updates on this work will be made available here.

As part of our internal discussions, we have received many helpful inputs from our Members as well as experts such as UN Special Rapporteurs. For example, the video commentary of Prof. John Knox, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, provided for the Consortium’s XIth General Assembly may be viewed here.

The Minutes of the Consortium XIth General Assembly also contain discussion about the draft policy position on page 21.