The Tenure Facility pilot project in Peru advanced tenure security for five indigenous communities covering 64,000 hectares in just 19 months, overcoming barriers to titling that had fueled conflict in Peru for decades. The project achieved these results by pioneering a unique partnership among a regional government, an indigenous federation and an NGO to implement national law. This innovation is being scaled up in Peru in the first full project following the pilot phase, beginning in early 2018.
Led by the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA), the new project involves three national government ministries, two regional governments, and several federations of indigenous organizations. They include the Native Federation of Madre de Dios (FENAMAD) and the federations of indigenous communities in Loreto. This project is extending efforts to advance indigenous tenure security in Madre de Dios, assisting similar efforts in the region of Loreto, and building the capacity of key national and regional government ministries to carry out their obligations to title indigenous communities. Loreto is the largest region in the Peruvian Amazon. And, as in Madre de Dios, the indigenous communities of Loreto have insecure land t enure and their lands and forests are threatened by tourism, mining, illegal logging, and infrastructure projects.
With a Tenure Facility investment of two million US dollars, the project aims to enhance the impact of current national and international investments in titling. The initiative aims to leverage other donor-funded projects to secure title over five million hectares of indigenous forest lands in Peru, and directly assist the titling of 200,000 hectares in Loreto and Madre de Dios.
To learn more about the context for this project, visit the Peru timeline.