Posted on 02/12/2019
Iquitos. In order to contribute to the process of strengthening the Community Vigilance Committees, the Forest Development and Wildlife Management (GERFOR) in coordination with the USAID Pro-Bosques Project and the Center for the Development of the Amazonian Indigenous (CEDIA) trained 30 communities located in the districts of Alto Tapiche, Tapiche, Soplín, Jenaro Herrera and Saquena, in the province of Requena, in the Loreto region.
The training developed from October 28 to November 15, was a requirement for the members of each surveillance committee to receive their accreditation. This resulted in the participation of 130 community members who will be accredited as “Custodians of the Forest Heritage of the Nation”, within the communal territory.
This accreditation, which will be granted by GERFOR, will give them the power to take actions against any damage to their communal territory caused by third parties. In addition, it allows them to request the competent authorities to get involved in the necessary investigations of an alleged crime against forest heritage.