The National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP) is working with indigenous authorities and government to advance the territorial security of the Indigenous Peoples of Panama. The initiative will build the capacity of COONAPIP and its member congresses and councils to secure, protect, and govern indigenous territories. In addition to preparing applications for title, the initiative will address claims blocked by the Ministry of Environment because they overlap with protected areas. In Panama, 80% of indigenous lands without title overlap with protected areas. The initiative will also build the capacity of indigenous women leaders. It scales up the successes of the Tenure Facility pilot project in Panama which advanced titling of 223,500 hectares in four territories and resolved 18 tenure conflicts affecting communities, and applies lessons learned from that experience.
For the full story of the struggle to implement land and forest rights in Panama go to the Timeline.
For details on Tenure Facility initiatives in Panama, visit the Panama country page.
Securing collective title to almost 200,000 hectares of land and forest
To advance tenure security over the indigenous lands and forests that encompass more than 30% of Panama
The National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP) accelerated titling of indigenous lands, resolved tenure conflicts, and developed legal and administrative capacity to protect indigenous land rights. While Panama’s laws on indigenous rights are progressive, implementation lags far behind. With Tenure Facility support COONAPIP capitalized on the current government’s commitments to indigenous rights and favorable rulings of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Panama Supreme Court.
COONAPIP advanced titling of 231,328 hectares
To consolidate and protect the collective rights (land, forest and water) of Panama’s Indigenous Peoples