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Empowering Conservation: Lessons Learned at the ICCA Regional Assembly

PanNature actively supports community-led conservation efforts, and our participation in the 5th ICCA Southeast Asia Regional Assembly (March 3rd-8th, 2024) exemplifies this commitment. The Assembly brought together passionate individuals from across Southeast Asia, united in their mission to protect nature and empower indigenous communities.

Learning and Sharing: Building Capacity for ICCAs

The event offered a valuable learning experience through three key components:

Documenting and Sustaining Territories of Life: Participants honed their skills in mapping ICCA territories using GIS and Mapeo tools. Sharing sessions explored how communities can manage resources and prepare ICCA registries for official recognition.

Defending and Sustaining Territories of Life: Advocacy training sessions equipped participants with the tools to champion ICCA rights. The sessions delved into the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KM-GBF) and how it strengthens National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), particularly regarding the crucial role of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs). Discussions also explored innovative financing mechanisms like the Green Climate Fund and carbon trading, advocating for fair financial structures for ICCAs.

General Assembly: This final segment provided a platform for regional and global updates on ICCA initiatives, including the growing involvement of indigenous organizations and increased funding opportunities. PanNature presented Vietnam’s national strategy for ICCA development, highlighting progress, challenges, and the importance of grassroots efforts. Our insights helped shape the regional action plan, prioritizing ICCA recognition, sustainability, and advocacy.

Beyond Training: Cultural Exchange and Inspiration

The Assembly wasn’t just about technical expertise. A visit to the Kalahan Educational Foundation showcased their work in promoting environmental awareness and empowering the Kalanguya-Ikalahan community through education, livelihood projects, and sustainable land management practices. Furthermore, PanNature’s participation in site visits offered a glimpse into the remarkable efforts undertaken by the Kanawan ICCA community. We witnessed their dedication to sustainable resource management, cultural preservation, and boosting local education and economic opportunities.

Collaboration for a Sustainable Future

The 5th ICCA Southeast Asia Regional Assembly concluded with a renewed sense of purpose and a call to action. PanNature is firmly committed to advocating for IPLCs and biodiversity conservation. Building on the knowledge and connections fostered at the Assembly, PanNature will continue to serve as a humble partner, empowering communities and championing their voices in global conservation efforts.

Some pictures of the event:

Photos from the Documenting and Sustaining Territories of Life Training
Site visit of the Kalahan Academy
Took photo with local communities at Kanawan ICCA

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