Panama hosts a regional meeting on governance in indigenous areas
According to the FAO, unsafe rights result in an increase in vulnerability, hunger and poverty, and can lead to conflicts and environmental degradation.
Strengthening governance and responsible tenure in indigenous territories was the focus of a recent event held in Panama City. Entitled "Governance and Conflict Resolution in Indigenous Territories: contributing to the development of sustainable food production systems and forest and water management," the workshop explored the potential formulas for achieving collective tenure rights to improve status, which in turn allows for more effective conflict resolution.
The conversation focused on how to better recognize indigenous peoples' rights to territory, and the role of cadastre and registration in governance.
Common points of conflict were also identified and indigenous organizations' proposals and suggestions were discussed in order to come to an agreement on strategies and methodologies aimed at strengthening governance in indigenous territories.