Consejo Indígena del Pueblo Tacana
In the heart of one of the most biodiverse areas of Bolivia, Consejo Indígena del Pueblo Tacana has secured collective land title to more than 389,300 hectares of forest for the Tacana people. After successfully presenting their land claim to the government of Bolivia, the group built consensus on land use and natural resource management amongst the 20 communities living in the territory. Their land use strategy prioritizes sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity conservation, and forest protection and has resulted in four times less deforestation in Tacana territories than surrounding lands. The group has also launched 24 community-based associations in agroforestry, ecotourism, cacao production, and sustainable caiman harvesting that have benefited more than 50 percent of Tacana households. Indigenous peoples have gone from poorly paid day laborers to members of associations that provide sustainable livelihoods. An independent women’s group has been established to coordinate work across the 20 communities with a focus on food security and traditional livelihoods. The Tacana territory is a connectivity corridor between the Madidi protected area and two important bird areas, providing critical protection for the more than 50 endangered wildlife and plant species in the territory, including the endangered jaguar and the white-lipped peccary.
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