Accurate description and documentation can help raise awareness about the ICCA for its custodian community and clarify the values it holds, as well as the ways the community governs and cares for it. Both the outcome and the process of describing and documenting an ICCA can be powerful: self-reflection is a form of self-strengthening. A key aim here is for the community to develop its own understanding of the crucial elements that need to be recorded and analysed to describe its own specific ICCA, not a generic one. Clarifying territory boundaries and uses, and sharing stories about the ICCA ,can bring people together, including across generations. Documenting the basic information about an ICCA means collecting/ generating and recording/ storing relevant data for future reference. The data may include observations, pictures, lists, inventories, measurements, maps, videos, experimental results, results of visioning exercises, plans for the desired future and much else that is seen as important to the community and that the community will conserve as baseline information.

The custodian communities should be the main producer of the information and should decide on all matters related to it. In any case, no information about the ICCA should be produced, reproduced or distributed by external actors (organisations and individuals, including the facilitator) without the free, prior, and informed consent of the relevant custodian community.

Read more in the publication: ICCA Self-Strengthening ICCAs – Guidance on a process and resources for custodian indigenous peoples and local communities, Module 2.