Recognizing and Supporting Territories and Areas Conserved by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities: Global Overview and National Case Studies
Ashish Kothari, Colleen Corrigan, Harry Jonas, Aurélie Neumann and Holly Shrumm
CBD Secretariat, ICCA Consortium, Kalpavriksh and Natural Justice, CBD Technical Series no. 64, September 2012 | ISBN: 92-9225-425-1

This report highlights the values and benefits of indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ conserved territories and areas (ICCAs), stressing that formal recognition of ICCAs should be appropriate to the local situation and adequate to local requirements. It is based on a range of past studies on ICCAs conducted in several regions of the world in the last two decades and, more recently on 19 country-level case studies. The publication intends to: provide a glimpse of the range, diversity, coverage and values of ICCAs, and the socio-cultural, economic and political contexts important for them; provide an understanding of the status and processes of recognizing and supporting ICCAs, at both international and national levels, and suggestions on how appropriate recognition and support could be given to them; help CBD parties implement their commitments under the programme of work on protected areas and achieve relevant Aichi targets; help CBD parties implement their commitments under other relevant international agreements, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and strengthen the efforts of civil society organizations, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, in obtaining appropriate recognition and support for ICCAs. Download the publication [pdf] …