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Support to indigenous peoples’ and community conserved areas and territories (ICCAs)

As of: October 2021

Indigenous peoples and local communities play a crucial role in the conservation of biological diversity. The project supports these communities in 45 countries in preserving their traditional habitats and protecting biodiversity. Among other methods, this is done through a small project fund. Knowledge and resources are also built up in local communities to manage and preserve protected areas. The overall aim here is to create a fairly managed network of protected areas. The habitats of indigenous communities living in the areas are also to be improved and safeguarded. Traditional knowledge and uses should be recognised and addressed in state planning processes. The partner countries are also given advice on the implementation of their protected area strategies. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project was expanded to mitigate the direct impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to contribute to pandemic prevention.

State of implementation/results

  • Project activities were adjusted to mitigate direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on ICCAs (Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas). For example, in some regions, activities to strengthen subsistence farming, virtual education and awareness-raising measures were carried out. In other regions, indigenous peoples were supported to better coordinate and implement aid measures for basic food and hygiene.
  • As part of the project expansion additional small grants were selected in 2021 in 45 countries.
  • The project sets a clear emphasis on knowledge management. Accordingly, a variety of knowledge communication tools is available to support the ICCAs. These include a database for capacity building and knowledge transfer, a website for the registration of ICCAs, webinars and trainings in target countries and side events at conferences. A regional example is the ICCA-GSI Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building Workshop for Central and Western Asia, held in Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan:…;view=article&id=490&Itemid=253.
  • So far, a total of 206 national awareness and education workshops have been organized on ICCAs with more than 5,900 participants. In addition, 23 national ICCA peer reviews and support networks were established in more than 12 ICCA GSI countries.
  • The ICCA Self-Enhancement Process (SSP) consortium was completed by the Global ICCA Consortium and made available to the ICCA-GSI countries in English, French and Spanish (…)
  • Moreover, UNEP-WCMC has launched an online information platform for ICCAs (July 2017) that complements the UNEP WCMC data manual. The webinar recordings are available in English, French and Spanish on the You Tube channel of UNEP WCMC. (…) – In late 2019, 120 profiles from ICCA-GSI countries have been translated to English and were submitted to CPMT, with additional 20 profiles submitted in 1st quarter of 2020.
  • Examples of high-level meetings include a bilateral meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Vicky Tauli-Corpuz), with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, David Boyd, during the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva (march 2020), the GCF Advocacy Group of Indigenous Peoples during the UNPFII, the UNFCCC SBSTA 50 (June 2019), the Thematic Workshop on Human Rights as enabling condition in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework’ held in Chiang Mai, Thailand (February 2020), an on-line dialogue on ‘Reimagining Conservation: Aligning conservation and human rights’ at the UN General Assembly (September 2020).
  • Numerous publications can be found on the website:…

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Political partner(s):
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) - Canada

Implementing partner(s):
  • Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA Global Consortium)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Switzerland

BMU grant:
27.000.000,00 €

11/2013  till  12/2023



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