Project to strengthen the collective rights of land and territories of the Indigenous Peoples of Panama

Accelerating collective land titling in Panama. The National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP) accelerated titling of indigenous lands, resolved tenure conflicts, and developed legal and administrative capacity to protect indigenous land rights.


From: 30/06/2015

To: 30/04/2017

Budget: $824,000

Proponents: COONAPIP (a federation of indigenous governments), and grant administration by registered NGO, Program for Social Promotion and Development (PRODESO)

Partners: Traditional authorities (congresses and councils) of participating indigenous territories

Associates: Government of Panama: National Land Administration Authority (ANATI)
Ministry of Environment
National Commission for Political and Administrative Limits
National Geographic Institute “Tommy Guardia”
Rainforest Foundation US

Stakeholders: Indigenous Peoples, communities and their participating traditional authorities
National Land Administration Authority (ANATI)
National Environmental Authority (ANAM)
National Commission for Political and Administrative Limits
National Geographical Institute “Tommy Guardia”
Academic and civil society organizations

While Panama’s laws on indigenous rights are progressive, implementation lags far behind. With Tenure Facility support, COONAPIP capitalized on the current Government’s commitments to indigenous rights and favourable rulings of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Panama Supreme Court.  

To read a brief overview of Panama, click here. 

For a timeline of land and forest rights in Panama, click here. 

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