Participate in the ICCA Registry
You can submit ICCA—territory of life data in the following ways:
- Offline printable questionnaire, in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Hindi, Chinese
- Mapeo mapping app
If you have chosen to submit your data to both the ICCA Registry and the Protected Planet Initiative, you can submit it to both at the same time using any of the tools mentioned above.
The checklist highlights the necessary activities to complete. These vary depending on where you want to submit your ICCA data to.
The decision tree supports you during the ICCA data submission process. Additional support with the submission process can be sought from UNEP-WCMC by contacting email@example.com.
The database(s) you can submit your ICCA data to depends on the definition(s) it meets. The submission process is very similar regardless of whether you want to submit your data to the ICCA Registry or the Protected Planet Initiative. However, you will need digital location data if you submit your ICCA to the Protected Planet Initiative.
You can submit your ICCA data to one or more of the following:
- The ICCA Registry database
- The ICCA Registry case studies
- The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) - part of the Protected Planet Initiative
- The World Database on Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (WD-OECM) - part of the Protected Planet Initiative
When you submit your ICCA data to the WDPA or the WD-OECM you are submitting it to the Protected Planet Initiative. The Protected Planet Initiative stores data on protected areas and OECMs. A range of users, including governments, NGOs and communities, use it to track progress towards policy targets, to inform new conservation strategies and to educate.
If you do not consider your ICCA to meet the definition of a protected area or OECM (or do not want it to be categorised in this way), you can submit it to the ICCA Registry, which comprises an online database and selection of case studies. The ICCA Registry is specifically for ICCAs, collating and showcasing the efforts of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to conserve their ICCAs across the world.
If you do consider your ICCA to meet the definition of a protected area or OECM, you can still submit data to the ICCA Registry. In addition, you have the option to submit data to the Protected Planet Initiative databases.
It is up to you as ICCA custodians whether you want to submit your ICCA as a protected area, OECM or neither. If you are submitting data on behalf of ICCA custodians, please discuss the definitions with them, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more support.
Links to documents
Note: while we encourage interested communities to participate, we want to ensure the benefits and considerations of participating in the ICCA Registry are clearly understood. For further information, please click here.