Land Rigths and Good Governance for Maya Chorti Communities

This project aims to contribute to ensure respect for the land rights of indigenous and forest communities; to improve forest and land management, as well as control; to strengthen indigenous and forest community organizations and their social cohesion; and finally, to strengthen local human resource capacity, with an emphasis on women and youth. This project is financed by CLUA with co-financing from ICCO and other partners.

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Clearing of forest for cattle ranching, monoculture plantations, unsustainable logging, hydro-electric projects, and mining are the main causes of deforestation and forest destruction in Mesoamerica. These processes are associated with increased forest degradation, pollution, biodiversity loss, water shortages, and damage to local economies and food security, as well as higher carbon emissions. Centralized governmental management models have proved to be insufficient to stop deforestation and forest degradation. Instead indigenous and community land management in Mesoamerica has proved effectiveness for natural resource conservation, climate change mitigation, and poverty alleviation, but communities do not receive adequate support to address the pressures they face.

Many still lack secure rights to their land and forest and/or financial and technical support for managing them. The governments and large producers are responsible for forest destruction, typically disregard the rights of indigenous and forest communities, and often threaten, put in jail, or assassinate community activists.

In this context, it is necessary to promote sustainable livelihoods and respect for the rights of indigenous peoples and forest communities. Most of the remaining forest in Mesoamerica are land administered collectively by indigenous people and forest communities, as the Sumu-Mayangna indigenous communities and territories. These communities have deep historical and cultural connection to their land and can help prevent forest destruction and maintain their forests as carbon sinks.

The project promotes sustainable changes in the social, economic and political environment in which forest community groups operate, and also, contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Local partner ANFC implements this project thought the Chorti Peasant Regional Association (ASORECH).
Land Rigths and Good Governance for Maya Chorti Communities

Target group

532 people including youth, women and community leaders are the direct beneficiaries of this project.


Indigenous Peoples and community based organizations remain in their territories (as it has been legalized), with their structures and their people, representing social sustainability for the long-term.

Goals overview

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