Amerindian land titling, demarcation to move ahead

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The titling of 13 Amerindian communities and the demarcation of 33 villages will soon commence following a US$10.7M agreement signed between the Guyana Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh, UNDP Resident Representative Khadija Musa and Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai inked the agreement at the commencement of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) meeting this morning at the Guyana International Conference Centre, Liliendaal. NTC Chairman Derrick John bore close witness.

When completed, the process will add to the 97 Amerindian communities that have been titled and the other 77 that have had their lands demarcated since its commencement under the governing People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) administration.
The funding is made possible under the Guyana REDD Investment Fund (GRIF) that was established after Guyana and Norway signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the country to receive US$250M in performance based incentives by the end of the year 2015.
Land titling and demarcation can be considered a legacy of the ruling party in promoting the development in Amerindian communities.

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