Yesterday, the delivery of property titles to 17 native communities and 2 peasant communities in the department of Loreto was successfully carried out; event organized by the Regional Agrarian Directorate of Loreto (DRAL) and CEDIA. It was held at the DRAL facilities in the city of Iquitos; The table of honor had the participation of the Regional Manager of Loreto, the Regional Director of Agriculture, the Director of the Directorate of Legal Physical Sanitation of Agrarian Property of Loreto (DISAFILPA), the Executive Director of CEDIA and representatives of the Federation of the Communities of the Tapiche and Blanco Rivers (FECORITAYB), Asociación 5 Unidos and the CC.NN. and CC.CC. from the Ucayali river. There was also an important presence of the Director General and members of the board of the international cooperating entity Rainforest Trust (RT) and representatives of the 19 communities.
The event began with the warm welcome words of the Abog. Jorge López, Director of DISAFILPA; later the Anthrop. Lelis Rivera, Executive Director of CEDIA, stated that this is an unforgettable moment, since for years the communities have gone through a series of difficulties and with the support of CEDIA, which has strengthened their capacities and has served as a mediator to contact them with the competent public entities have been able to access the right to land; Likewise, he expressed his gratitude to the members of the board of directors of the international cooperating entity RT, because thanks to their financial support this fact has been possible.
Ing. Rafael López, Regional Director of Agriculture, mentioned that the titling will make it possible to start looking for productive chains, he also thanked CEDIA for the support and congratulated the communities for the achievement of the titling of their lands, pending for several years. For his part, Eng. Alberto Vega, Regional General Manager of the GORE Loreto, indicated that with this event justice is beginning to be done and that obtaining the property title is a starting point for communities to be trained, to use technologies to get agricultural products and improve their quality of life. In addition, he mentioned that there are currently 120 titled communities and that by June of this year they hope to reach 250 titled communities.
Then, Roberto Tafur, president of FECORITAYB, expressed his gratitude to all the entities that have provided their support and thanked CEDIA and indicated that this result has been obtained thanks to joint work. He also indicated that they hope to continue counting on RT's financial support.
From CEDIA we are very happy for this great achievement and we consider that this has been a historical event for the 19 communities, since having the title allows them to have a property, have territorial security against invaders, access benefits through the support of different institutions, as well as achieving recognition of its resources and its territory for sustainable use.