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indigenous peoples' and local community conserved areas and territories

Acronym: ICCA

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Indigenous Peoples' and Local Community Conserved Areas and Territories, referred to as ICCAs, are natural and/or modified ecosystems containing significant biodiversity values, ecological services and cultural values, voluntarily conserved by Indigenous peoples and local communities, both sedentary and mobile, through customary laws or other effective means. ICCAs can include ecosystems with minimum to substantial human influence as well as cases of continuation, revival or modification of traditional practices or new initiatives taken up by communities in the face of new threats or opportunities. Several of them are inviolate zones ranging from very small to large stretches of land and waterscapes.

Sustainable use assessment ICCA Consortium, 2012