Posted on October 13, 2021
Iquitos. Today, 15 communities from the Nanay River basin presented their Life Plans to the regional authorities of Loreto during the event held in the main auditorium of the Regional Government of Loreto. Thanks to these Life Plans, the communities will be able to manage their needs and demands with the different regional directorates and other public or private institutions involved in the region. These Life Plans are the first in a series of 150 more that are being developed with the communities and the Regional Management of Indigenous Affairs (GRAI) together with the support of the Center for the Development of the Amazonian Indigenous (CEDIA).
Gabriel Paima, president of FECONARINA, mentioned during the presentation that "we, the 15 representatives of different communities, have been bringing a new proposal so that the government can listen to us about what needs each of our communities in the Alto Nanay basin have"
Likewise, Juan Manuel Del Águila, Government advisor, highlighted the support received from the different institutions and NGOs. Regional, if not also precisely those NGOs that are providing facilities to solve the work and (...) also, our community members, our farmers who are tracing a route, a path, not only for the present but for the future"
The event was attended by institutions such as FEMA, GERFOR, the Social Development Manager, the Regional Environmental Authority, FONCODE, Pensión 65, Qali Warma, Beca 18, the National Police of Peru (PNP), DRAI Loreto, the Regional Directorate of Energy and Mines and the National Water Authority. Likewise, indigenous organizations such as ORPIO, FECONARINA and CONACUNAI were present.
Result of community strengthening
Life Plans are built in a participatory way from the communities themselves. This despite the restrictive conditions of the pandemic that have given rise to new ways of working with participation, in addition to face-to-face, which has involved training audios, graphic materials for communities and field brigades. All this is part of the hard work of the communities that has the support of CEDIA.
As Luis Trevejo, CEDIA Norte regional director emphasizes, “this is only one moment of the entire community strengthening process that exists with different communities in the region and in particular, the Nanay river basin that they have come to present, at the regional level. , their life plans ”.
It should be noted that this activity is part of the project “Final impulse for the protection of the indigenous territories of the Peruvian Amazon”, financed by the Rainforest Trust that seeks to close the territorial gaps of the indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon, which will include new community titles , expansions of territory and rectification of boundaries.