Terms & Conditions

Use of this site is governed by the following terms and conditions


The ICCA Registry is an online information platform for territories and areas conserved by Indigenous Peoples and local communities, also known as ‘Territories of life’. Communities themselves provide data, case studies, maps, photos and stories, informing useful statistics and analyses on featured ICCAs around the world.

Access to data and any other content within the ICCA Registry (the “ICCA Registry Materials") as made available through the iccaregistry.org website is provided on the understanding that you read and consent to be bound to the Terms and Conditions set out below. For the purposes of this Agreement ICCA Registry data comprise all the spatial data and associated attribute data contained within the ICCA Registry and made available through iccaregistry.org.


No Commercial Use

Neither (a) the ICCA Registry nor (b) any work derived from or based upon the ICCA Registry Materials may be put to Commercial Use without the prior written permission of UNEP-WCMC. For the purposes of these Terms and Conditions, “Commercial Use" means a) any use by, on behalf of, or to inform or assist the activities of, a commercial entity (an entity that operates 'for profit') or b) use by any individual or non-profit entity for the purposes of revenue generation.

For the avoidance of doubt, UNEP-WCMC reserves the right to determine whether a particular use of the ICCA Registry Materials constitutes a Commercial Use or otherwise.

No Sub-licensing or Redistribution of ICCA Registry Data

Materials may not be sub-licensed in whole or in part including within Derivative Works without the prior written permission from UNEP-WCMC. You may not redistribute the ICCA Registry Data contained in the ICCA Registry in whole or in part by any means including (but not limited to) electronic formats such as web downloads, through web services, through interactive web maps (including mobile applications) that grant users download access, KML Files or through file transfer protocols. If you know of others who wish to use the ICCA Registry Data please refer them to ICCARegistry.org. If you wish to provide a service through which the ICCA Registry Data are downloadable or otherwise made available for redistribution you must contact iccaregistry@unep-wcmc.org for permission and further guidance.

Publishing the ICCA Registry

You may publish the ICCA Registry Materials in whole or in part, including on-line, providing (a) the ICCA Registry Data are not downloadable and (b) the proper attribution is clearly visible (see 'Attribution' below). You must ensure that the most recently available version of the ICCA Registry Materials is being used and that the month and year of release is visible in the published version. ICCA Registry Materials published online, including through mobile applications, must provide a clear link to the original on-line source of the ICCA Registry (www.iccaregistry.org). We strongly recommend that you have the relevant materials reviewed by UNEP-WCMC prior to publication. We require two free copies of all published materials to be provided to UNEP-WCMC. Hard copies should be sent to Nature Conserved Programme, UNEP-WCMC, 219 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DL, UK. Electronic copies should be sent to iccaregistry@unep-wcmc.org


You must ensure the following citation is always clearly reproduced in any publication or analysis involving the ICCA Registry Materials in any derived form or format: Use this citation for any downloads of ICCA Registry Materials from www.iccaregistry.org:

UNEP-WCMC (year), ICCA Registry [On-line], [insert month/year of the version downloaded], Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC. Available at: www.iccaregistry.org.

ICCA Registry Updates

Unless required to do so for specific analyses, you should not use any version of the ICCA Registry Materials after it has been superseded by a subsequent version. It is your responsibility to check if an update of the ICCA Registry Materials is available.

No Warranty and Waiver of Liability

While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the datasets, the ICCA Registry Materials are provided to you “as is", and no warranty of any kind is given as to their completeness or accuracy, nor do we make any commitment to ensure that the ICCA Registry Materials are kept up to date. All warranties, representations and conditions, express or implied, are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. You agree that you download and make use of the ICCA Registry Materials entirely at your own risk. You hereby waive and release UN Environment Programme, WCMC and any third-party providers of ICCA Registry data from any liability whatsoever, wherever and howsoever arising in connection with any use of the ICCA Registry. You agree that this waiver and release is effective in any and every jurisdiction in the world. You agree that UN Environment Programme, WCMC and any and all third-party providers of ICCA Registry data will not be liable on any grounds (including without limitation negligence, strict liability or under any other legal theory) for any loss or damage (direct or indirect) incurred by you or any third party as a result of the use by you or any third party of the ICCA Registry Materials or any Derivative Works. You also agree to indemnify and hold harmless UN Environment Programme, WCMC and any and all third-party providers of ICCA Registry data in respect of any loss or damage (direct or indirect) suffered by any third party as a result of any use by that third party of any ICCA Registry Materials or Derivative Works published by you. Without limitation to the above, any damage occurring to computer systems as a result of attempts to download ICCA Registry data is entirely your own responsibility.

If the User is dissatisfied with any Material on this Site or with any of its Terms and Conditions of Use the User's sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Site. This Site may contain links and references to third-party web sites. The linked sites are not under the control of UN Environment Programme or WCMC, and UN Environment Programme or WCMC are not responsible for, nor do they endorse, any of their content.


The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of UN Environment Programme, WCMC nor any third-party providers of ICCA Registry data.

The designations employed and the presentations of material on this website and on the maps that are made available through it do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations, UN Environment Programme, WCMC or contributory organisations, editors or publishers concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries or the designation of its name, frontiers or boundaries.

The mention of a commercial entity or product in this publication does not imply endorsement by UN Environment Programme or WCMC.

Feedback and Revised Information

In order to keep the ICCA Registry up to date, the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) would like you to provide feedback on the quality, reliability and accuracy of the ICCA Registry Materials. We also welcome revised information on the ICCA Registry in the form of GIS data. Such contributions should be free of restrictions. The objective is to improve the ICCA Registry content for the benefit of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and the global conservation community. To provide feedback on ICCA Registry or for general queries related to the ICCA Registry Materials please contact iccaregistry@unep-wcmc.org. For information on providing data to UNEP-WCMC for updating the ICCA Registry, please contact iccaregistry@unep-wcmc.org.

No Grant of Intellectual Property Rights

No rights in the ICCA Registry Materials are granted to you by virtue of these Terms and Conditions or as a result of any use by you of the ICCA Registry Materials. UN Environment Programme does not assert any intellectual property rights in the data that is made available by third party data providers for inclusion in the ICCA Registry. However, all intellectual property rights in the database itself are the property of UN Environment Programme.

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed by UNEP-WCMC. Should attempts at amicable negotiation fail, any such dispute shall, upon request by either you or UNEP-WCMC, be referred to arbitration in accordance with the UNCITRAL arbitration rules then prevailing.


Any communication with respect to these Terms and Conditions and any issue arising from them shall be in writing, in English, and sent by email. The address for communication with the ICCA Registry supplier is iccaregistry@unep-wcmc.org.

Take-down policy

UNEP-WCMC operates a 'take-down' policy, such that if notified of a potential breach of copyright, or other reasonable notice of a possible violation (including but not limited to copyright, patent, intellectual property, trademark, confidentiality, data protection, obscenity, terrorism, defamation or libel), the complete document or dataset or relevant portion will be removed as quickly as possible pending further investigation. Where the grounds for complaint are considered to be valid, the complete document or dataset or relevant portion will be permanently withdrawn. A decision on whether the material may be made available again may take some time if it is necessary for UNEP-WCMC to seek the advice necessary to resolve the complaint.

Preservation of immunities

Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the United Nations, which are specifically reserved.


UNEP-WCMC reserves its exclusive right in its sole discretion to alter, limit or discontinue the Site or any Materials in any respect. UNEP-WCMC shall have no obligation to take the needs of any User into consideration in connection therewith. UNEP-WCMC reserves the right to deny in its sole discretion any user access to this Site or any portion thereof without notice.

Changes To These Terms And Conditions

UNEP-WCMC reserves the right to vary these Terms and Conditions from time to time without notice. Therefore, please ensure that you read these Terms and Conditions each time you download ICCA Registry Materials. By downloading ICCA Registry Materials you signify your acceptance of the most recent version of these Terms and Conditions in full.

UNEP-WCMC Privacy Information

By accessing this site, certain information about the User, such as Internet protocol (IP) addresses, navigation through the Site, the software used and the time spent, along with other similar information, will be stored on servers operated by UNEP-WCMC or its affiliates.

At UNEP-WCMC, we are committed to being transparent about the use of your personal data. The purpose of this information is to describe how we collect and use personal data during your engagement with UNEP-WCMC.

We will never provide your information to third parties without permission. We will never sell your personal data. You may request a copy of your personal data that we have stored.

When you use our platform

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