Consolidating Territorial Tenure in the Bolivian Lowlands
CNAMIB - National Confederation of Indigenous Women of Bolivia
18,055 people in 248 communities
Indigenous People’s constitute the majority of the Bolivian population, yet the Indigenous People’s of Tierras Bajas are a minority and have thus faced exclusion and discrimination. The objective of this project is therefore important as it refers to the historical struggle that began in 1990, with the first Indigenous protest in the country: “For Territory and Dignity”. Since then, there has remained a struggle for recognition of territory and of the right to self-determination in exercise of autonomy.
These aspects translate into efforts to achieve collective land titling and the possibility of exercising autonomy and in the need to recognise the contributions of women in integral indigenous territorial management.
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This project focuses on the issue of land tenure and the integral management of indigenous territories. Despite steps forward and the favourable regulations, the Indigenous People’s of Bolivia have not yet managed to consolidate their territorial rights. The organisational strengthening work that the project plans to develop aims to generate conditions of direct financing and exclusive management of indigenous organisations for the future.
To contribute to ensuring Indigenous territorial tenure and the exercise of autonomy in the Bolivian Lowlands.
- Indigenous communities of the Lowlands complete pending titling processes, and initiate new territorial consolidation procedures.
- Indigenous Communities of Tierras Bajas achieve consolidation and recognition of the autonomous processes in progress.
- Indigenous Peoples organisations and Indigenous women’s organisations of Tierras Bajas have strengthened network interactions and increased capacities to consolidate territorial management.
- Indigenous communities of Tierras Bajas have strengthened the processes of defence and governance of territories by promoting the active participation of young people.
Figure 1: Territorial location of intervention areas.
- New titles issued on 211,417 Ha of Indigenous Native Peasant Territories (TIOC) added to the 1,961,758 ha of consolidated TIOC.
- 1,785,259 hectares have progressed in recognition of their indigenous autonomy and their instances of autonomous government.
- Indigenous women participate actively and purposefully in internal and external decision-making spaces and in the formulation of territorial management instruments, inserting our visions and demands.
- 280 people (50% women) from indigenous organisations have strengthened skills and capacities in comprehensive and regional territorial planning and management.
- Young people participate actively and purposefully in the control and defence of territories.
- Indigenous organisations have internal regulations for the governance and defence of territories.