CCAs have gained international interest for their significance in the big conservation picture. Thanks to the efforts of a network of a large number of individuals and organizations across the globe called TILCEPA, the Fifth World Parks Congress, organised by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in September 2003 in Durban, South Africa, recognized CCAs as a valid model for conservation ( The Seventh Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Kuala Lumpur in February 2004, as also recognized CCAs and had governments all over the world committing to move towards participatory conservation with the recognition of community rights. CBD’s Programme of Work on Protected Areas explicitly (PA PoW) mandates countries to recognize CCAs, and integrate them into national protected area systems.  ( To read more on conservation efforts of the communities all over the world and other related information see (

Kalpavriksh is a founding member of the ICCA Consortium (International Consortium on CCAs) which is involved in international and national support activities towards CCAs. The increased international recognition has encouraged World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which maintains a database of all the protected areas across the world, to maintain a database of CCAs (

 Reports, MoMs, and Updates about CCA information occurring Internationally