Amerindian Land Titling
- Published: 16 August 2011
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Project Budget: US$ 10.7 Million
Implementing Agencies: Ministry of Amerindian Affairs
Project Background and Summary
The Amerindian Land Titling (ALT) Project seeks to enable Amerindians to secure their lands and natural resources with a view towards sustainable social and economic development. It is expected that titling of communities will strengthen land tenure security and the expansion of the asset base of Amerindians, enabling improved long term planning for their future development.
The objective of this project is to facilitate and fast track the Amerindian Land Titling process; historically, high cost has been a barrier to achieving this policy objective. The Project seeks to a) have land titles issued and demarcation process completed for all Amerindian villages that submit requests, including those that request extensions, b) strengthen existing mechanisms to deal with unresolved land issues, c) improve the communication and outreach efforts of the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs.
The Government of Guyana (GoG) has set the policy objective of addressing all Land Titling issues by 2015, for Amerindian villages where two thirds of the adult population request this to be done based on the principles of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Historically, high costs have been a barrier to achieving this policy objective; however, it is envisioned that with the allocation of funds from the GRIF, this objective can finally be realised.
The project will adhere to the social, environmental and fiduciary safeguards and standards of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and will always proceed under the (FPIC) principle.
The Amerindian Land Titling Project Document was approved by the GRIF Steering Committee on the 10th October 2013 and signed at the National Toshaos Council meeting at the Guyana International Conference Centre on the 21st October 2013. Preparatory activities for this US$ 10.7 million project are now ongoing.