Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas
The WILD Foundation Legacy & ICLS
There are many organizations that represent Indigenous Peoples and their interests, and there are many “wild nature” conservation organizations and projects. But few are those uniquely positioned to work at their intersection in a meaningful way. And even fewer who have a strong footing in the conservation sector and a long-history of working relationship with IP and local communities. The WILD Foundation is one of the few with this position. ICLS was born through the WILD process and is the next and best iteration of a core part of WILD’s work.
Now, with a 40-year track record as a leader in wilderness conservation, WILD has determined to further leverage its position in support of IP and local communities. In addition to many other contributions, WILD provides an incredible network and access to people, resources and opportunities that have been traditionally hard to come by for First Peoples. Reciprocally, ICLS adds value to WILD by further engaging IP/LC for the protection of wild nature, our common heritage and patrimony—and the life support systems of our planet. With a focus on synergetic collaborations across differences, ICLS brings many partners together for the waters, lands, seas and peoples of the Earth.
In 2013, at WILD10, ICLS confirmed the need for forums within international meetings for open and direct conversations between all people who care about nature and people. These are called Conservation Dialogues.
Our last ICLS hosted Dialogue took place in October, 2014 in San Rafael, California. The focus was on the intersection of conservation and Indigenous Peoples’ approaches to protecting nature and community.
In November 2014, ICLS participated in the New Social Compact Dialogues at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia. We were part of the Stream 5 dialogue focused at the intersection of Mining and Industrial Development and Conservation. View the Stream 5 dialogue recommendations >
Mali Elephant Project
The Mali Elephant Project (MEP) works with a whole system approach, with all stakeholders, to empower local communities to manage the environment in a way that 1) makes more resources (water, pasture, forest) available through protecting and restoring habitats, 2) leaves space for elephants to reduce conflict, and 3) protects the elephants from illegal killing. MEP is an initiative of The WILD/Wilderness Foundation & the International Conservation Fund of Canada.
The Kayapo today defend 2,000 km of border against encroachment and invasion by ranching, logging, gold-mining and land fraud. They actively contest their land rights because their livelihoods depend upon it. Conservation groups, such as The WILD Foundation, Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund and the International Conservation Fund of Canada, support the Kayapo to continue to protect this landscape of immense ecological and cultural significance. Our NGOs work with the Kayapo to strengthen their capacity for territorial protection and sustainable resource management. The Kayapo project is a Collaborative Conservation Project (CCP) of The WILD Foundation, and this means, in part, that we provide administrative and other support to The Kayapo Project in the USA.
ICLS is a project partner in Walking Water, a California-based initiative to walk for and with the waters and the people and communities that care about them. www.walking-water.org