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Recognising indigenous and community conservation

Welcome to the ICCA Registry

  • Learn about ICCAs (Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas), an important form of local conservation.
  • Participate in the ICCA Registry. Register your ICCA or submit a case study.
  • Explore interactive maps and ICCA case studies. Begin your journey with the world map.


The ICCA Registry website is an online information platform for Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas, where communities themselves provide data, case studies, maps, photos and stories which result in useful statistics and analysis on featured ICCAs around the world. Participation in the ICCA Registry is a voluntary process, with multiple benefits for participating communities. The ICCA Registry is inclusive of a secure, current non-publically accessible database on ICCAs and is a critical mechanism for understanding the conservation impact of communities.

The website and related products are designed for an audience which includes indigenous peoples, local communities, conservation practitioners, policy and decision-makers, researchers, and the general public, who want to understand and build their knowledge on ICCAs, their diverse biological, ecological and cultural values, and their geographical extent. Case studies provide an introduction to the broad range and diversity of ICCAs which exist. The Registry complements other efforts to understand the impacts of community conservation through documentation and sharing of experiences and analyses.

The overall goal of the ICCA Registry is to provide the best available knowledge held on ICCAs. Information on ICCAs from different countries and regions of the world will be available in one place. In particular, the database holds qualitative, quantitative and spatial data. The degree to which this data is available to the public depends on the agreements we have with the communities who have contributed the information. The website, which features visual media such as maps, videos and photos, represents a positive mechanism to circulate this valuable data around the globe, demonstrate the conservation value of ICCAs, and foster greater recognition of ICCAs.

For further information about the project, click here.

A new toolkit for communities

In May 2013, a toolkit designed to support capacity of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in their conservation practices was launched at the World Indigenous Network conference in Australia. Over 100 tools are described in this toolkit, and 16 case studies from around the world provide examples of how communities are already using tools or approaches in their work. Please download this PDF to learn more.

What are ICCAs?

Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) are natural sites, resources, habitats and associated biodiversity conserved in a voluntary and self-directed way through community values, practices, rules and institutions. For hundreds of years, indigenous people and local communities have been a crucial part of bio-cultural conservation. (World Parks Congress Recommendation V26, 2003). Learn more


The ICCA Registry has a number of key partners working at the local to the international level, simultaneously seeking to provide support and recognition to ICCAs.


Many dedicated individuals have contributed their time to this effort. Click here for more details.

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