Saweto community of late Edwin Chota to win land rights | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data

Source: Peru this Week

 

January 29, 2015

By Hillary Ojeda

 

Alto Tamaya-Saweto, a community in Peru’s Amazon Ucayali region, will receive titles to their land after a 12 year lawsuit filed by their murdered leader, Edwin Chota.

The regional government of Ucayali will grant the land title to the native community in the first week of February that confirms their ownership of 78,611.87 hectares of forest.

The community has claimed ownership since 2003 and in just one week they will be recognized as the legal and rightful owners of the forest territory. The victory comes shortly after the assassination of their four leaders, including Edwin Chota, by illegal loggers of the region.

Isaac Huaman Perez, regional director of Agriculture of Ucayali spoke to El Comercio on the pending title and death of Edwin Chota.

“The sacrifice of Edwin paves the way for other communities, which will be our allies in stopping illegal logging and developing sustainable projects with their supervision,” Perez affirmed.

Expected to follow suit after the community of Saweto is Nueva Fenicia. They will be the second community in the region after Saweto to receive their title, claiming 11,000 hectares of forest.

Counting up to April 2012, The System on Native Communities of the Amazon (SICNA) has registered 488 other native communities expecting titles to their land in 10 regions: Amazonas, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huanuco, Junin, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Pasco, and San Martin.

 

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