Responding to mounting interest and concerns about ICCAs on the occasion of the 2008 World Conservation Congress, a “Consortium” was formed among several mutually respected small NGOs and organisations representing indigenous and community constituencies with years of experience working on ICCA issues. In the eve towards the Barcelona Congress the organisations “members of the Consortium” agreed on a broad programme to promote the recognition and appropriate support of ICCAs at national and international levels. The programme structure (available in English and Spanish in the draft form of August 08) includes several work packages related to regional and thematic subjects (named work packages A) and one work package focusing on overall synergy and delivery to influence international policy and support (named work package B). Through this programme, the Consortium wishes to provide seeding support and stimulus for cooperation on ICCAs among a large variety of actors— focusing on indigenous peoples and local community organizations, but including governmental agencies, NGOs that support integrated conservation, development and human rights goals, and international agencies such as UNDP, IFAD and UNEP/WCMC.
The only physical meeting so far among all the organizations that are members of the Consortium took place on the side of the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona in October 2008. Since then a number of new members have officially joined in. Below is the full list of current members.