Community-conserved areas in the future management of biodiversity, land and water in the Mediterranean
Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs) are key landscape level practices for conservation. ICCAs ensure traditional livelihoods of rural populations whilst conserving biocultural diversity. Examples of ICCAs in the Mediterranean include agdals, which are socially-, spiritually- and culturally-embedded traditional management systems for conserving pasture and other resources that are prevalent in rural areas throughout the Maghreb. However, ICCAs in the Mediterranean region are poorly understood and scientific research on their structure, role, potential and current challenges has only just begun.
Moreover, while CPCs have been discussed and proposed as useful tools for conservation in the conservation and social science literature for almost 3 decades, to date there has been little effective integration of these practices in everyday conservation planning and action, including their formal recognition and acceptance by government agencies. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities for this integration.
In this session we will discuss the role of ICCAs as cultural practices for landscape-level conservation. We will also debate how CPCs should be recognized and integrated in conservation actions and planning whilst respecting communities’ rights to decide upon their knowledge and practices. We will explore the challenges involved in this integration through a hands-on exercise. The workshop will conclude with a collective brainstorming session with a view to developing initial ideas for a Roadmap for integrating CPCs in conservation action and planning at the regional level in the Mediterranean.
This session will be chaired by the Global Diversity Foundation.