ICCA Registry

The ICCA Registry consists of two parts:

1. ICCA Registry Database

2. ICCA Registry case studies

The ICCA Registry database

The global ICCA Registry was established in 2008 to raise awareness of the significance of indigenous peoples’ and community-led conservation practices. It is a global registry of territories and areas that are self-identified and conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities. The data in the ICCA Registry is voluntarily provided by ICCA custodians, or through their supporting organisations. It is not yet comprehensive but continues to grow each year, providing a much-needed evidence base to promote the recognition and support of ICCAs worldwide.

UNEP-WCMC works with ICCA custodians and their supporting organisations to document ICCAs as part of a broader global effort to highlight the vital contributions that indigenous peoples and local communities have made to conservation throughout history, and continue to make today.

ICCA Registry online case studies

Many ICCA custodians seek to inform others of their presence, actions, and customary and legal rights, so that they can advocate for recognition of their rights and territories.

If ICCA custodians would like their ICCA data to be online, they can submit a case study. Other media such as photos and links to relevant webpages and resources can also be added. The case study will be visible online, on the ICCA Registry webpage.

The case study section of the webpage currently comprises cases studies from over 30 ICCAs across more than 19 countries, providing an opportunity for you to read other case studies and understand how communities in other regions and countries manage their ICCAs. Not all ICCAs that are in the ICCA Registry database have a case study online.

The ICCA Registry database and the ICCA Registry online case studies together can provide valuable insights into a diverse range of environmental and social questions around ICCAs.