The 3-hour workshop was organized by TGER and TILCEPA, in cooperation with the GEF Small Grants Programme, the UNDP Equator Initiative and GTZ. The objectives of the workshop were to review progress of knowledge, policy and practice in support of ICCAs, present and discuss lessons learned about the status, needs and opportunities of ICCAs in different parts of the world, and to discuss avenues to support ICCAs within and outside national Protected Areas systems...READ MORE
Events and Workshops
Recognizing and Supporting Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas
Alliance Workshop at the Community Poble, 4th World Conservation Congress Barcelona, October 2008
9th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP9), May 08, Bonn
TGER/TILCEPA and partners organized a side event at CBD COP 9 entitled “ICCAs: from ‘oldest secret’ to crucial avenue for the conservation for biodiversity…” and provided participants with a space to discuss Indigenous and Community Conserved areas and their potential to further the implementation of the CBD. After an introduction to the concept and history of ICCAs, speakers presented case studies from Italy, Iran and Peru; the national situation of ICCAs in India was described, as well as the significance of ICCAs for traditional fishing communities. The brief presentations were followed by an intense discussion among the roughly 150 participants, several among them representatives of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. The scope, diversity and challenges of ICCAs were explored, and the usefulness of the ICCA concept for securing community governance of natural resources was debated.
The ICCA side event was followed up by two smaller, ad-hoc meetings to discuss the concept of Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas and steps forward.
The first one was an evening meeting among some participants of the side-event, where they had the occasion to deepen their exchange and share experiences and perspectives. The interventions from participants showed the vast range of realities on the ground. Participants stressed that the success or failure of ICCAs are intimately linked to the issue of rights of indigenous peoples and communities to their lands and resources. Several intervention from participants recounted how indigenous peoples and local communities were evicted from their territories and ICCAs as these were taken over by the state to create formal conservation areas. Overall, the discussion about the opportunities and challenges of ICCAs to implement the PoW will have to continue: this type of meetings will take place throughout this year, culminating at a ICCA workshop and exchange space at the Community Poble at the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona.
The second meeting was an information exchange between TILCEPA and the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity. The concept of ICCAs was presented by Ashish Kothari and Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, and the concept of Indigenous Biocultural territories was explained by Alejandro Argumedo. The discussion centred around whether indigenous territories and biocultural areas can fit under the ICCA concept and how the perspectives and conservation efforts of Indigenous Peoples and Local communities can best be recognized and supported within, or outside of, the IUCN framework of Protected Areas.
2nd meeting of the CBD Working Group on Protected Areas, February 08, Rome
Over 50 participants from civil society organizations and government delegations came together at the WG PA-2 to discuss the concept of ICCAs in the light of implementation of the Program of Work on Protected Areas. After a brief introduction to the characteristics and variety of ICCAs and the history of the ICCA concept, participants mainly discussed experiences at local level and lessons learned.
The interventions from participants showed the incredible range of realities on the ground. Participants stressed that the success or failure of ICCAs are intimately linked to the issue of rights of indigenous peoples and communities to their lands and resources. There needs to be more debate about what kind of legal frameworks are appropriate for the recognition of ICCAs: these should be pluralistic systems that recognize and incorporate customary systems. Future reflections on ICCAs also need to take into account the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in particular the rights of Indigenous Peoples over their territories.
Several intervention from participants recounted how Indigenous Peoples and local communities were evicted from their territories and ICCAs as these were taken over by the state to create formal conservation areas. International NGOs were called upon to join hands to develop systems of timely response to such human rights violations.
Participants agreed on the need to pursue the discussion at further events, such as COP 9 of the CBD and the WCC in Barcelona.
Strengthening Community Conserved Areas—lessons, needs & recommendations for policy and practice
International Workshop: Kastamonu, Turkey, 1-5 October 2007
An international workshop entitled “Strengthening Community Conserved Areas—lessons, needs & recommendations for policy and practice” was organized by TGER and TILCEPA in collaboration with the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks of the Government of Turkey and the GEF Small Grants Programme in the Kure mountains of Turkey in the first week of October 2007. During the workshop, thirty conservation and development professionals reviewed the results of current research on the role of Indigenous and Community Conserved areas (ICCAs), identified the challenges facing ICCAs, visited local ICCA cases, drew lessons learned and developed recommendations for policy at the local, national and international level. READ MORE...