The Theme on Indigenous and Local Communities, Equity, and Protected Areas (TILCEPA)

"The Theme on Indigenous and Local Communities, Equity, and Protected Areas (TILCEPA), was set up in 2000 by the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and the Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). In the period 2004-08, it became the Strategic Direction on Governance, Equity, and Livelihoods in Relation to Protected Areas (while maintaining the acronym TILCEPA).

This Inter-commission initiative was proposed by Kalpavriksh members and colleagues from other organisations. Kalpavriksh hosted the Secretariat of TILCEPA from 2000 to 2008, during which time one of Kalpavriksh's members was its co-chair.

TILCEPA seeks the full and effective recognition of the rights and responsibilities of local communities in the development and implementation of conservation policies and strategies that affect the lands, waters and other natural and cultural resources that they relate to. It advocates  the recognition of indigenous peoples' and community conserved areas that are significant from a biodiversity point of view, and the development of shared governance  with communities resident in or surrounding government protected areas.

TILCEPA works as a network of individuals involved with these issues, and has over 150 members in several dozen countries."

Link:http://www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/ceesp/wg/tilcepa/