Titling and strengthening of indigenous ancestral territories in protected areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon


From: 01/01/2023

To: 31/12/2025

Budget: 3,356,453 USD

Proponents: Amazon Frontlines (AF)
The Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE)
The Confederation of Indigenous Nations of Ecuador (CONAIE)

Associates: Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition (MAATE)

Stakeholders: 30 communities involved, plus an undetermined number of communities to be included in additional requests

Sinangoe community, AI'COFAN Nation

For decades, Ecuadorian law has provided no mechanism for indigenous communities to receive title to their ancestral territories within nationally protected areas, with the exception of few titled tracts of land where communities could negotiate weak and temporary land use agreements, with limited capacities for self-management.

This project will thus work towards guaranteeing the right to adjudication and titling of indigenous ancestral territories in Ecuador, providing legal security and strengthening tenure, control and governance. It is expected that at the end of the three years of the project, at least 122,141.03 hectares will be titled for the benefit of 30 indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, with the long-term aspiration of titling around 1 million hectares, which would include all of the ancestral territories overlapping protected areas.

To read a brief overview of Ecuador, click here.

For a timeline of land and forest rights in Ecuador, click here.

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