Written by Alberto Romero, president of CEDIA
Posted on 07/16/2019
Iquitos. We have signed, on July 15 of the current year, the Coordinated Work and Support Agreement with the Regional Agrarian Directorate of Loreto (DRAL), thus formalizing commitments between institutions for the next three years 2019 -20122, for the execution of joint activities related to the physical and legal sanitation of native and peasant riverside communities settled in the Loreto region. With this, together with the DRAL we seek to contribute to the land use planning process in this part of the country. Additionally, this agreement includes training actions for both native and peasant communities and their representative organizations, as well as DRAL personnel.
The signing of this agreement has two very special meanings. The first is related to the number of agreements signed between DRAL and CEDIA, a link that began in 1993. The last agreement signed turns out to be the ninth, to which we must add some three addenda. But, beyond these indicated numbers, what stands out is the level of commitment, trust, responsibility and professionalism shown by both institutions to meet the goals set and the objectives proposed in each agreement.
The results are visible. We are talking about 214 native communities, of different ethnic groups, and 29 riverside peasant communities; indistinctly located in the basins of the Chambira, Yavarí, Bajo Amazonas, Tigre, Nanay, Ucayali, Tapiche, Blanco, Putumayo, Curaray and Napo rivers that have been recognized and titled in Loreto, within the framework of these agreements.
The other meaning has to do with the launch of a new project by CEDIA that will allow the completion of the processes of recognition, titling and expansion of territories, both of native communities and of coastal peasant women settled in the Loreto region that they still do not have these benefits that the law grants them. In this sense, from CEDIA and together with the DRAL, we hope to achieve this long-awaited goal by many communities that still do not have the legal security of their territories or legal existence.
We want to conclude this brief note by expressing our appreciation and gratitude to Eng. Sergio Donayre Ramírez, director of the Regional Agrarian Directorate of Loreto, as well as to his team of advisers and professionals for the trust and facilities provided to CEDIA that have made possible the subscription of this agreement. We wait for the culmination of this to have achieved the proposed objectives.