CEESP members Vivienne Solis-Rivera and Grazia-Borrini-Feyerabend are holding a series of events during the upcoming Rio 2012 Summit at the Cupola do Povos. Vivienne is dealing with issues related to the Women’s Major Group, TAI ( the issue of access to participation, justice and information concerning Principle 10) and issues related to marine conservation and small scale fisheries within the Peasant Major Group. Grazia will be following ICCA’s and related issues, including holding the following workshop.
Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCAs)— a force against destructive development and for the “buen vivir” This side event, organized by the ICCA Consortium, IUCN CEESP, GEF-SGP and the Equator Initiative, will provide space to discuss Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCAs) — those “natural and modified ecosystems that contain significant biodiversity values, ecological values and cultural values and are voluntarily conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities through customary laws or other effective means” (IUCN, 2004).
This conservation practice, intertwined with local livelihoods and the spiritual and material values of local cultures, is the oldest on earth. Today, it remains one of the staunchest to hold the fort of bio-cultural diversity against the destructive powers of “development” – extractive industries, land grabbing, large infrastructures, loss of culture and values.
The incorporation of ICCAs in the Programme of Work on Protected Areas of the CBD is managing only too slowly to provide some substantial protection against the variety of destructive forces and threats affecting them.
CEESP Members who would like to participate are invited to please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to Lorena at email@example.com.