Kalpavriksh in collaboration with ICCA Consortium and Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) hosts a workshop on issues of Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) in South Asia, focusing on the opportunities and threats faced by these spaces. CCAs are ecosystems that are voluntarily conserved by the local communities through customary laws or other effective means. While South and East Asia have engaged with this form of conservation for centuries; recognition of this work, in both the national and international arena, has only recently begun. In the Indian context, the government of India has recognised CCAs as potential forms of conservation in the Wild Life Act (as Community Reserves), the Forest Rights Act (as Community Forest Resources), the 11th 5-year plan (200712), the National Biodiversity Action Plan (2008), the National Mission for Green India (2010), and other policy documents. It is being widely recognized that CCAs have a great potential to help achieve the CBD Aichi Targets, especially Target 11 on protected areas. The workshop will focus mainly on mechanisms for recognition of CCAs, determining the position of CCAs with reference to protected areas, recognition of tenure and access rights, the balance of rights, powers and functions of local people and government bodies in determining the governance structure of the CCA and changes in the legal domain of CCAs, at national and the international level, since the last regional workshop in 2009.

More information at cbd.int/cepa/fair/2012

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