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 (http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/pa/pa_event/wcpa_wpc/). 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. (www.biodiv.org/meetings/cop-07/default.asp). To read more on conservation efforts of the communities all over the world and other related information see (http://www.iccaforum.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=84&Itemid=100).
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 (www.ICCAregistry.org).
Reports, MoMs, and Updates about CCA information occurring Internationally
- Communities, conservation and development Ashish Kothari and ICCA Consortium , Biodiversity (2013) Latest!
- Report of the Colloquium on the Role of ICCAs in Achieving the Aichi Targets, 13 October 2012, at CBD COP11, Hyderabad, India
- ICCA Recognition and Support Study: Kalpavriksh coordinated, on behalf of the ICCA Consortium, a gloabl study of ICCA Recognition and Support. The publication based on this, Recognising and Supporting Territories and Areas Conserved by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities: Global overiew and national case studies, published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity as its Technical Series 64, includes 19 Country Level case studies, a global overview, and various resource materials. A case study on Recognition and Support of CCAs in India was also prepared as part of this
- ICCA Laws Study: Kalpavriksh collaborated in a sudy coordinated by Natural Justice, on behalf of the ICCA Consortium, a gloabl study on international and national laws relating to ICCAs. The publication based on this, Recognising and Supporting Conservation by Indigenous People and Local COmmunities:An Analysis of international law, national legislation, judgements, and institutions as they interrelate with territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities, published by Natural Justice and Kalpavriksh, contains a global overview, 15 country level case studies, and regional overviews. A case study on legal spaces available for CCAs in India was prepared for this global study.
- Governance and ICCAs highlighted at CBD SBSTTA, Nairobi