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Forest Governance Project: Miskitu People, Honduras

The Forest Governance Project, financed by the European Union, is developed in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, by a consortium of indigenous and community based organizations led by ICCO. In the Miskitu Territories of Honduras, it is implemented with the support of the indigenous organization MASTA, to strengthen operational capacities of Miskitu forest communities and their effective involvement in forest governance and sustainable management.

  • Location
  • Start project
    2017
  • Projectstatus
    Active
  • ID: NL-KVK-56484038-110169-9
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Background

The Honduran Muskitia, located in the eastern part of Honduras, has historically been inhabited by Indigenous Peoples; mostly by miskitus; Garifunas, Tawahkas and the Pech people. These people, unlike the Garifuna, who settled down after the colony, have coexisted in this region. Beginning in 1859, through the Cruz-Wyke Treaty, England yeilded control of the region to the government of Honduras, and the possession of lands and territories of the indigenous people who inhabited the region was violated by the State.

MASTA (Moskitia Asla Takanka), founded in 1976, is an organization of the Miskitu people in Honduras. Throughout its existence, it has worked to defend and fulfill the collective and individual rights of its people. Currently, 12 Indigenous Territorial Councils have titled approximately 1,400,000 hectares of territories, distributed in 215 Miskitu communities that are the base of MASTA. This represents an advance in the claim of the right of the indigenous people to manage their lands and territories.

Through CONPAH (Confederation of Autonomous Peoples of Honduras), MASTA works in REDD Plus and VPA-FLEGT process, bringing together the 9 indigenous peoples of Honduras, and working in the areas of prior consultation and the right to land tenure, attending the different conflicts in the territories as land grabbing, expansive livestock and deforestation.
Forest Governance Project:  Miskitu People, Honduras

Target group

- 12 Indigenous Territorial Councils
- 215 Communities
- 51.000 People

Sustainability

The action seeks to consolidate decision-making dynamics and governance measures based on inclusive dialogue, respect for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and responsiveness of state authorities. This opening of dialogue and democratization of decision-making will allow the effective fulfillment of a legal framework that already exists, but which application is historically limited by the lack of recognition of indigenous communities as subjects of law. Increased capacities of indigenous authorities and organizations, as well as of forest, peasant and fishing communities will have a direct impact on biodiversity conservation and restoration, sustainable management and protection of Mesoamerican forests.

Goals overview

The project aims to strengthen the contribution of non-state actors in the governance and sustainable management of forests, and their contribution to the development of their country.

The specific goals are to:
- Consolidate the organizational, institutional and leadership capacities of communities-based organizations and indigenous leaders.
- Improve transparency and access to public information on the environmental, forestry and land use sector in Guatemala, with extensive monitoring by civil society and indigenous peoples. Each year a specific report will be published containing relevant indicator of access to public information.
-Build a permanent mechanism for the renewal of capacities based on exchange processes, organizational improvements and local governance at local and regional scale.
- Reduce the barriers for the effective participation of civil society, Indigenous Peoples and forest communities in forest governance, adopting policy measures that ensure inclusion, equity, responsibility, transparency and knowledge of forestry practices.
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