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Forest Governance Project: Miskitu People, Nicaragua

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 Nicaraguan North Caribbean, it is implemented in alliance with the Indigenous Territorial Government Twi Yahbra, 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-56484038-110169-10
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Background

The Territorial Indigenous Governments (GTI, for its Spanish acronym), are the base unit of the administrative political division of indigenous territories in Nicaragua. They function according to their customs and traditions under the principle of self-determination through a regime of self-government, with the elements of: territory, language and community.

One of the competencies of the Territorial Indigenous Governments is to develop and administrate plans for the use and management of forests and natural resources, in coordination with the competent regional or national institutions.

In the framework of this project, GTI Twi Yahbra works with 13 Miskitu communities coordinating capacity building processes, to promote knowledge on sustainable forest management, leadership and participation.
Forest Governance Project:  Miskitu People, Nicaragua

Target group

411 communities
394.000 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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