Union of Indigenous Nomadic Tribes of Iran

The Union of Indigenous Nomadic Tribes of Iran (UNINOMAD) is a tribal federation with membership of indigenous nomadic tribes from throughout Iran.

UNINOMAD was established, in part, to provide an effective platform for indigenous groups within Iran to organize and advocate for increased recognition of their natural rights including the right to govern their own ancestral domains and tribal territories for the good of Mother Nature, the tribal wellbeing, and their spiritual and identity needs.

UNINOMAD and CENESTA subscribe to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to which the government of Iran also subscribed on 13 September 2007 in the United Nations General Assembly. The two organizations are leading the effort to recognize Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs). This effort will also help the government to fulfill its obligations to the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Target 11, which calls for achieving a minimum of 17% land-based protected areas and 10% in marine and coastal zones by the year 2020.

UNINOMAD is a member of the global ICCA Consortium.

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