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Joint Position Paper of the ICCA Consortium, Global Forest Coalition and Community Conservation Resilience Initiative on the Draft Decisions CBD COP13

26 Oct, 2016
Posted in Cancun 2016

The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) is taking place from 4-17 December 2016 in Cancún, Mexico. It will consider a range of draft decisions relevant to territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (commonly known as ‘ICCAs’) and other forms of collective action. Key agenda items include: interim review of progress towards implementation of the Strategic Plan (Item 9); strategic actions to enhance implementation of the Strategic Plan (Item 10); resource mobilisation and the financial mechanism (Item 11); Article 8(j) and related provisions (Item 14); marine and coastal biodiversity (Item 15); other scientific and technical issues (Item 17); and guidelines for the sixth national reports, GBO and indicators (Item 19).

For each draft decision, this position paper suggests specific text-based changes to more appropriately recognise and support ICCAs and other forms of collective action. It was prepared by the ICCA Consortium (an international association dedicated to promoting appropriate recognition of and support for ICCAs) and the Global Forest Coalition (an international coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organisations promoting social justice and the rights of forest peoples in forest policies), with inputs from the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative. Both organisations are actively involved in supporting implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Targets.

Read or download the position paper here.