Creating conditions for peace
Collective land title of Afro-descendant ancestral territories in Colombia
Creating conditions for peace
Collective land title of Afro-descendant ancestral territories in Colombia

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 two years, the partners aim to secure the collective territorial rights of more than 1.5 million people over 2 million hectares.

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.

For details on Tenure Facility initiatives in Colombia, visit the Colombia country page.

Advance tenure security for more than 1.5 million people over 2 million hectares

Goal

To secure the collective lands rights of 271 Afro-descendant Community Councils throughout the country

Objectives

  • Finalize formal collective title for 29 Community Councils by the end of 2018, including four emblematic cases
  • Finalize formal collective title for an additional 50 Community Councils by 31 December 2020
  • Support 192 other Community Councils to attain collective title
  • Support geo-referenced data collection for Afro-descendant Community Councils by updating and improving OTEC’s information system

Actions

  • Contract legal, technical, social, and topographical experts to enable ANT to complete the collective titling process for 79 priority Community Councils
  • Provide training along with organizational, political, technical, and legal support to 271 Community Councils to enable them to advance their claims for collective title to their lands
  • Update and strengthen geographic information systems for recording, managing, and validating spatial information on the lands and forests of Afro-descendant communities
  • Document lessons learned and best practices for achieving collective title of Afro-descendant communities

Expected results

  • Secure the collective territorial rights of more than 1.5 million people in 271 Afro-Colombian Community Councils over about 2 million hectares

Expected impact

  • Advanced conditions for lasting peace through the safeguarding of ethno-territorial rights as set out in the Ethnic Chapter of the Havana Peace Accord
  • Increased access to collective lands for Afro-descendant women
  • Strengthened local and family-based economies
  • Improved information systems for advancing public policy on land and ethnic rights
  • Enhanced jurisdiction of Community Councils over development, including National Development Plans, and peace implementation projects
  • Improved community ability to prevent or mitigate development practices that could negatively affect the environment
  • Reduced threats to community and environmental leaders defending territorial rights

Ongoing


From 01 July 2018
To 31 December 2020

Budget
US$1,662,487

Proponent

Black Communities’ Process (PCN) through Hileros Afrocolombian Corporation Associates:

Associates

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


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 two years, the partners aim to secure the collective territorial rights of more than 1.5 million people over 2 million hectares.

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.

For details on Tenure Facility initiatives in Colombia, visit the Colombia country page.

Advance tenure security for more than 1.5 million people over 2 million hectares

Goal

To secure the collective lands rights of 271 Afro-descendant Community Councils throughout the country

Objectives

  • Finalize formal collective title for 29 Community Councils by the end of 2018, including four emblematic cases
  • Finalize formal collective title for an additional 50 Community Councils by 31 December 2020
  • Support 192 other Community Councils to attain collective title
  • Support geo-referenced data collection for Afro-descendant Community Councils by updating and improving OTEC’s information system

Actions

  • Contract legal, technical, social, and topographical experts to enable ANT to complete the collective titling process for 79 priority Community Councils
  • Provide training along with organizational, political, technical, and legal support to 271 Community Councils to enable them to advance their claims for collective title to their lands
  • Update and strengthen geographic information systems for recording, managing, and validating spatial information on the lands and forests of Afro-descendant communities
  • Document lessons learned and best practices for achieving collective title of Afro-descendant communities

Expected results

  • Secure the collective territorial rights of more than 1.5 million people in 271 Afro-Colombian Community Councils over about 2 million hectares

Expected impact

  • Advanced conditions for lasting peace through the safeguarding of ethno-territorial rights as set out in the Ethnic Chapter of the Havana Peace Accord
  • Increased access to collective lands for Afro-descendant women
  • Strengthened local and family-based economies
  • Improved information systems for advancing public policy on land and ethnic rights
  • Enhanced jurisdiction of Community Councils over development, including National Development Plans, and peace implementation projects
  • Improved community ability to prevent or mitigate development practices that could negatively affect the environment
  • Reduced threats to community and environmental leaders defending territorial rights

Ongoing


From 01 July 2018
To 31 December 2020

Budget
US$1,662,487

Proponent

Black Communities’ Process (PCN) through Hileros Afrocolombian Corporation Associates:

Associates

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