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WOUNAAN LAND RIGHTS

18
WOUNAAN COMMUNITIES
6
COMMUNITIES UNTITLED
350,000 ACRES OF RAINFOREST AT RISK OF DEFORESTATION
  • Collectively-titled communities are legally recognized and have greater capacity to protect themselves from illegal logging and deforestation.  They can plan for a more secure future. 

  • Three Wounaan communities have received collective title since 2012.
  • Six more to go. 

Legal Training & Education

Leonides Quiroz testifying at a hearing of the Inter American Commission of Human Rights

Our initial achievement was assisting Leonides Quiroz in attending law school. He was the first Wounaan from his village to attend law school. To this day he serves his people, leading the collective-titling process and advocating for their rights to the government of Panama.

 

We continue to support Wounaan education and professional development, seeking to increase local capacity to defend their land rights.

Timeline

2017

2007

Native Future sends U.S.-based international human rights lawyer, Professor Leonardo Alvarado to Rio Hondo, Platanares and Majé. His recommendations lead to the design of the Wounaan Land Tenure project.

2009

Native Future supports Economic & Environmental Study of Wounaan communities comparing impacts of Wounaan land use to those of colonists.

2011

Higher Education Scholar, Leonides Quiroz successfully defends his thesis graduating from Law School and becoming the first Wounaan lawyer.

2013

Ian Bell of Diving Bell Productions and Native Future volunteer Cameron Ellis create the short film, La Trocha, that tells the story of the stand-off between Wounaan and illegal loggers in 2012 that resulted in the death of Platanares Chief, Aquilio Opua.

2015

Native Future is a sponsor of the 10th Wounaan National Congress in Maach P’öbör, and its traditional dance competition

Professional journalism and social media training and technical assistance increases media attention to Wounaan land rights issues. Multiple events are covered by national and international press

2012

Titles of two communities – Puerto Lara and Caña Blanca – approved.

Panama passes Law 72 .

Applications for collective title to Rio Hondo, Platanares and Majé are ready for submission.

Native Future volunteers and Wounaan map the boundaries of Rio Hondo and Platanares.

Higher Education Scholar Leonides Quiroz testifies before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

In response to the stagnation in titling and increasing challenges to Wounaan land rights, Native Future launches the  Wounaan Land Rights Program.

2010

2008

Native Future volunteer, Cameron Ellis, trains a team of Wounaan to use GPS and develop maps of the boundaries of their communities, in the process mapping the Wounaan community of Cemaco.

Native Future volunteer, Allen Turner, works with the FUNDEPW to develop a communications plan.

2014

April 8th, 400 Wounaan march in Panama City to  protest for land titles, where they met with government officials and delivered a letter to the President of Panama

2016

Native Future and Wounaan National Congress launch Jẽb Jua Choog K׳Ap׳Λ Wënλrraag with US Forest Service International Programs  to support Wounaan communities to protect and restore their forests and the non-timber forest products on which their livelihoods depend.

Native Future celebrates 10 years of partnership with Wounaan helping to secure their land rights and protect their way of life

Wounaan Embera community of Arimae receives collective title. The third of twelve Wounaan communities to receive legal recognition of their territory

Native Future launches the Wounaan Bird Count to communicate the biodiversity conservation Wounaan have practiced for generations.

2018

Since 2011, we have been helping our indigenous partners communicate their issues to a Panamanian and global audience.

Wounaan Congress Facebook Page

Click here for press, video and other media on Wounaan land rights.

Communications

La Trocha de Platanares

 

The story of the stand-off between Wounaan and illegal loggers in 2012

Our Work is not Done