The Black Communities’ Process (PCN), Observatory for Ethnic and Peasant Territories (OTEC) at the Pontifical University of Javeriana, National Land Agency (ANT), Government’s Attorney General Lands Delegate for Agrarian Issues and Land Restitution, and National Afro-Colombian Peace Association (CONPA) are supporting Afro-descendant Community Councils across Colombia to secure their collective land rights. The initiative contributes to the peace process in Colombia by resolving longstanding grievances over land tenure and resource rights that fuelled the five-decade armed conflict. In three years, the partners aim to secure the collective territorial rights of more than 1.5 million people over 2 million hectares.
Proponents: Black Communities’ Process (PCN) through Hileros Afrocolombian Corporation
Observatory for Ethnic and Peasant Territories (OTEC) at the Pontifical University of Javeriana
National Land Agency (ANT)
Attorney General Lands Delegate for Agrarian Issues and Land Restitution
National Afro Colombian Peace Association (CONPA)
Beneficiaries: Afro-descendant communities
In addition to contributing to sustainable peace, the initiative will help improve livelihoods, restore degraded forests, and conserve biodiversity in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. It will also reduce community vulnerability to climate change and contribute to its mitigation.
To read a brief overview of Colombia, click here.
For a timeline of land and forest rights in Colombia, click here.