Subsequent national conferences on Local Conservation Areas (LCAs) and the Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Conservation Areas (ICCAs) happening this October will bring together various partners in government, local and foreign biodiversity conversation communities.
The 2nd National Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Conservation Conference on October 21 and 22 and the National Conference on Local Conservation Areas on the 23rd and 24th will both be held at the Crowne Plaza in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
The ICCA Conference was first held in 2012, and a follow–through will be conducted that will discuss indigenous peoples (IPs) and IP organizations all over the Philippines. The upcoming ICCA Conference aims to bring together IP leaders from the major island and ethno-linguistic groups, support organizations, representatives from government agencies, private sector, academe and individuals and members of international organizations supporting ICCAs.
Representatives from IP communities and partner organizations from Southeast Asia are likewise expected to participate in order to share their own experiences and provide opportunities for further learning and forging links with local organizations.
Leading the conference are select IP members who have their own stories to tell, in terms of how ICCAs have become instruments for peace-building, revival of cultural traditions among the youth, financing through payments for ecosystem services, and protection of their sacred sites and places. This aims to bring back the pride and confidence among themselves as members of indigenous communities.
This is made possible in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the GIZ-supported Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) Project, the Philippine Tropic Forest Conservation Foundation Inc. (PTFCF), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded New Conservation Areas in the Philippines Project (New CAPP), the Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID), and the Bukluran ICCA Consortium through KASAPI.
Meanwhile, the National LCA Conference aims to draw local executives leading the way in biodiversity conservation, as well as policymakers, NGOs, academe, private sectors and other interest groups to discuss the experience of LGUs in conservation work in the country. It will provide a fitting tribute to recognize these exemplary works, with the hope of inspiring similar responses by other LGUs.
It also aims to pull together the experiences of local governments in implementing locally initiated actions in biodiversity conservation, and draw important lessons to install such approach as part of the national strategy for effective management of high-value conservation areas in the Philippines.
The LCA Conference is made possible in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, the Department of Tourism, the Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources, Inc, GIZ-PAME Project, PTFCF, the UNDP-GEF NewCAPP, and the UNDP/GEF-supported Biodiversity Partnerships Project.