Posted on 04/26/2019
Iquitos. With the aim of exchanging experiences on the modalities and initiatives of community surveillance control in the region, the Regional Management of Forestry and Wildlife Development (GERFOR) of the Regional Government of Loreto, with the support of the USAID Pro-Bosques Project, led held the “I Institutional Panel on Community Control and Surveillance in the Loreto region”, on April 25, 2019.
Different institutions participated in the panel, such as the Regional Environmental Authority (ARA), the National Forest Service (SERFOR), the National Forest Conservation Program (PNCB), the Forest Resources and Wildlife Supervision Agency (OSINFOR), the Matsés National Reserve. (RNM) and Regional Production Directorate (DIREPRO), also the Regional Organization of the Indigenous Peoples of the East (ORPIO) and the Federation of Communities of the Tapiche and Blanco rivers (FECORITAYB) and the Project: Promotion of Sustainable, Profitable Forest and inclusion ”(USAID Pro Bosques), Forest Program (USAID-USFS), Amazónicos por la Amazonia (AMPA), Center for the Development of the Amazonian Indigenous (CEDIA), Law, Environment and Natural Resources (DAR), Institution of the Common Good (IBC), Naturales y cultura Internacional (NCI), Peruvian Environmental Law Society (SPDA) and Wildife Conservation Society (WSC).
The presentations concluded that there is a diversity of methodologies, actors and forms of intervention for the implementation of Community Vigilance Committees in the region, despite this, funding for this initiative is insufficient. At the end, inputs were generated for the development of a possible Loreto Community Forest and Wildlife Control and Surveillance Plan, and the relevance of establishing a Community Control and Surveillance Network in Loreto was discussed.
The Communal Vigilance Committees are an organized group within the community that is created with the purpose of protecting the territory and natural resources. If they observe any irregularity in their territory, they have the ability to alert and report to the corresponding entities.