The Center for the Development of the Amazonian Indigenous - CEDIA, within the framework of the project "Building durable conservation areas and strengthening governance in the Yavari - Samiria Mosaic" has been implementing a set of activities in the Alto Tapiche basin. On this occasion, the process of preparing Life Plans and Organizational Strengthening began in 08 communities. The participating communities were: Bellavista Native Community, Limón Cocha Native Community, Fatima Native Community, Pacasmayo Peasant Community, Monte Alegre Native Community, Wicungo Native Community and Nueva Esperanza Peasant Community.
This event was held in close collaboration with the Federation of Communities of the Tapiche and Blanco Rivers - FECORITAYB, visiting each of them and through participatory spaces. With the facilitation of the CEDIA technical team, the communities carried out a self-diagnosis based on capitals -social, natural, financial, political, built physical, cultural and human- and they embodied a communal vision as the first step for the elaboration of their Life Plans , document that will serve as a measure of community management and development.
Likewise, training workshops were held for the local population, on issues related to the Board of Directors, Community Organization, titling processes, Legislation of peasant and native communities.
Roberto Tafur Shupingahua, president of FECORITAYB, mentioned that “the organization in a community is vital for the development of the towns, as well as analyzing the current situation of the community, we can learn about the problem, as well as the potential, and see how it gets better ”.
José Carlo Gil, CEDIA specialist, indicated that one of the most outstanding problems in the area, which was reflected in the self-diagnosis of the communities, is the existence of Unique Administrative Processes - PAU, imposed by the Agency for the Supervision of Resources Forestry and Wildlife - OSINFOR, with unpayable fines of around 100,000 soles; as well as the little knowledge they have about the communal organization, such as, for example, recognizing who is the highest authority of the community, the functions of its representatives, among others; Another problem is extreme poverty and the neglect of the State.
The project ends at the end of 2018. In the coming months CEDIA will continue working to consolidate life plans and strengthen community organization with the aim of improving governance in the communities of the Tapiche and Blanco river basin.