Eighteen members of the Philippine Indigenous Communities Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA) Consortium assembled for a Midyear Assessment and Planning at the Bayanihan Tribal Village in Maria Aurora, Aurora on May 22-24, 2018.

Known simply as BUKLURAN, the consortium consisting of leaders of indigenous peoples (IPs) from Luzon and Mindanao assessed the Philippine ICCA Project’s status and came up with plans for the next six months. Among the activities identified were the convening of a sub-national consultation for the ICCA Registry and the conduct of trainings on project development, paralegal processes, and disaster risk reduction and management. Apart from the planning sessions, a community orientation on the ICCA Bill with Egongot IPs was also held in Dipaculao, Aurora on May 24, 2018.

The event served as a platform for inter-tribal exchange, where the IP leaders discussed with other IP leaders from other parts of the country crosscutting issues on IP rights and strategies.

The Philippine ICCA Project aims to strengthen and propel BUKLURAN to be an acknowledged consultative body, advocacy arm, and resource hub for ICCA documentation, mapping, recognition and registration. It shall also be a body to facilitate legal support to ICCAs in distress.

Implemented by the Biodiversity Management Bureau and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Philippine ICCA Project aims to strengthen the conservation, protection, and management of biodiversity sites in the Philippines by institutionalizing ICCAs as a sustainable addition to the national protected areas (PA) estate. (Philippine ICCA/ Garie Rigor)

 

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