Sustain a regional indigenous peoples’ network


Promote African Indigenous peoples’ rights and participation in environmental conservation and climate justice.


Promote African Indigenous peoples’ human rights and gender equality.


Support a regional network of African indigenous peoples’ organisations that is democratic, transparent and effective.

Sustain a regional Indigenous peoples’ network

IPACC’s initial purpose and sustaining mission is to be a home and solidarity network for the indigenous peoples of Africa. IPACC was born out of the will of different African indigenous peoples to unite and work together to promote their rights as well as to improve the quality of democracy and good governance in Africa.

IPACC’s members vote every 3 years for representatives to serve on the IPACC Executive Committee. Six different regions have representation on the Executive, leading to an 18 member Committee which guides programme implementation and represents the network internationally.

The Executive Committee elects its own Chairperson, Deputy Chair and Regional Women’s Coordinator. The Executive is supported by the Secretariat in Cape Town, South Africa. The Secretariat raises funds and assists in project implementation at site level or assisting leaders to get to UN or regional meetings.

The entire IPACC network has a legal Trust which governs its financial accountability and is answerable under South African law for auditing and accounting of funds, as well as labour law compliance. IPACC is governed by a Constitution and by a Code of Conduct.

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Indigenous Environment Defenders.

Africa’s hunter-gatherer and nomadic pastoralist peoples have lived symbiotically and sustainably within Africa’s ecosystems for millenia. Their Traditional Knowledge Systems are treasure houses of indigenous knowledge.

Under colonialism, African hunters and nomads suffered land dispossession and cultural oppression. In the post-colonial era, they’ve advocated for their land, cultural and human rights.

Now, in this Age of Climate Change, Africa’s hunter-gatherer and nomadic pastoralist peoples are recognised as frontline guardians and managers of African biodiversity, and provide early warning for climate change trends.

We appeal to African governments to formally recognise the Traditional Knowledge Systems and practices of hunters and nomads.


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