Role of Local Communities in Forest Management: Indigenous Community Conserved Areas
In the past years, international policy events have paid great attention to that “historical interface” and to the role of indigenous peoples and local communities in conservation. Communities have managed natural resources with ingenuity and care because on those resources depend their very survival, their security, and many cultural and religious values important for them. Sustainable use has generally been more a matter of survival than choice. The Indigenous Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) benefits the indigenous people (IP) communities. Under the ICCAs the IPs are recognized as manager and owner of their ancestral domain. Examples of ICCAs are Mt. Candalaga
in Maragusan, Compostela Valley; Mt Apo in Kidapawan, Davao del Sur; Mt. Kimangkil in Bukidnon.
The Foundation for the Philippine Environment has initiatives on sustainable mechanism and provides opportunities. Like participation of IP communities to conserve and manage their environment; capacity-building for IP community leaders; advocacy work at the national, local, and community level; and documentation and dissemination of good practices on ICCAs and sustainable mechanism.
February 16, 2024
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