The Association is established to promote the appropriate recognition of, and support to, Indigenous Peoples’ and community conserved territories and areas (ICCAs—territories of life) at local, national and international levels.

This purpose is set in the context of the broader vision of conserving biodiversity and ecological functions, nurturing the sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including self-determination and the full respect of their cultural diversity and collective and individual rights and responsibilities.

First published on 05/23/2016, and last updated on 04/25/2022