Strengthening the territorial rights, governance, and management of their territories for Mesoamerican Indigenous Peoples and local communities

Lead Implementers

Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB) and Re:wild

Project Description

This project will support Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and local communities (LCs) in Mesoamerica strengthen their territorial governance, ecosystem conservation, functional landscape restoration, community forest management, and food sovereignty.

IPs and LCs in Mesoamerica face widespread challenges due to the economic policies initiated by the region’s governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including investments in extractive industries that have heightened pressures on natural resources. These economic plans have often violated processes of consultation and obtaining free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) from IPs and LCs before occupying their resources, leading to deforestation and forest degradation. Food sovereignty in community territories has also been affected by production models that are alien to ancestral culture.

The project’s strategy includes strengthening governance in indigenous territories by improving the institutional and operational conditions of organizations, establishing a strategy for conservation and restoration of community areas, and promoting community forest management as an action to reactivate local economies with a focus on gender and youth. Its methodology involves providing technical assistance, training, and support for strategic alliances, business development, value chains, and carbon markets. It will also promote community-led conservation and restoration of degraded areas, supporting the use of timber, training communities in integrated fire management and pest and disease control, and providing technical and legal assistance to municipalities, local governments, and forest owners.