Indígena em território conservado

Photo: ISPN archive/Peter Caton

The report launched by ISPN presents the legal situation of Indigenous Peoples, Quilombola, extractivists and other traditional communities and the relationship of their areas and territories with the concept of ICCA

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There are groups of people who have a strong connection with the places they inhabit, known as territories of life. In these places, populations promote social well-being, carry out environmental and socio-cultural conservation, in addition to protecting resources for the next generations. This is one of the perspectives of Territories and Areas Conserved by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (ICCA), a concept that recognizes the rights of traditional peoples and communities and their territories. The concept has been promoted around the world, especially by the TICCA Consortium, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Natural Justice, among other important international institutions.

In Brazil, it has been debated in a more concrete way since 2018 and has brought together several sectors, from traditional peoples and communities to representatives from the government, academia and civil society organizations. The organization responsible for representing the ICCA consortium in Brazil is Mupan – Mulheres em Ação no Pantanal. After 25-year involvement with the Small Grants Program (GEF / UNDP), ISPN was invited to be part of this debate and to support its dynamization in Brazil.

To contribute to the dissemination of the ICCA concept and to identify how it relates to the reality of the traditionally occupied territories in Brazil, ISPN and partners promoted a workshop that collected information for the publication “ICCAs: Analysis of the Legal Context and Policies Implementation in Brazil” elaborated by Cláudio C. Maretti and Juliana F. Simões. The report addresses the political and legal contextualization of the situation of these traditionally occupied territories, which belong to Indigenous People, Quilombolas, extractivists and so many other communities that develop sustainable practices in the use of natural resources, contributing to the conservation of their territories and the environment.

With this perspective, the document makes a general analysis of the laws and public policies that protect the rights of traditional peoples and communities, in addition to providing recommendations for the peoples and civil society organizations that work together with them to strengthen agendas that involve territorial rights. “We hope this study will be an important tool to work in the defense of the communities’ territories of life who conserve their areas and that everyone can make the best use of it”, comments Isabel Figueiredo, coordinator of the Program Cerrado and Caatinga in ISPN.

The document can be found in its original version in Portuguese, available together with the executive summary, and in a more concise version in English.

Access from the links: Complete report (Portuguese)/ Executive summary (Portuguese)/ Concise report in English

This report was developed under the coordination of the Institute Society, Population and Nature (“Instituto Sociedade, População e Natureza – ISPN”), by Cláudio C. Maretti and Juliana F. Simões, independent experts, for the Global Support Initiative to Indigenous Peoples and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA-GSI). The ICCA-GSI is funded by the Government of Germany, through its Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and executed by the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP). Key partners include the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), the ICCA Consortium, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Global Programme on Protected Areas (IUCN GPAP) and the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC).