Delimitation of areas subject to being marked as the habitat and territory of indigenous communities.

Where
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
When
2017
Who
Ministry for Indigenous Peoples
Key objectives of the measure:

To design tools establishing guidelines on spatial planning and environmental management at different levels (local, state, and national) to locate parts of the population, socio-economic activities, and the development of physical space, as well as the conservation of environmental quality, under the framework of sustainable development.  

Scope of the measure:
Local, Regional
Nature of the measure:
regulatory, financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

A total of 183 workshops helped to educate 4,125 members of 203 indigenous communities from 11 states on the subject of territorial and habitat demarcation, and to inform them about their rights to the collective ownership of the land they’ve inhabited from time immemorial, as has been established, both in the Constitution and the Organic Law on Indigenous Communities and Peoples.  

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

During these workshops, 28 reports were prepared regarding the natural-physical study employed in the proceedings for the allocation of land titles to the country’s indigenous communities, which resulted in other documents delimiting 140 areas belonging to indigenous communities. Among the more concrete results were six land title deeds associated with territories and habitats collectively owned by the Kariña and Cumanagoto peoples in the state of Anzoategui, which are equivalent to 8,384.06 hectares, contributing to the national demarcation process included in the policies formulated by the executive branch of the government to promote the visibility and reclaim the lands that have been traditionally occupied by these indigenous communities.  

In addition to this, food and farming supplies were handed out, 3 centers for shamanic healing and education were reconditioned, and 471 agricultural, artisanal and cattle self-managed socio-productive projects were funded. 

In terms of organizing efforts, the Congress on Indigenous Peoples and Socialism was celebrated, to organize and foster the cultural integration between indigenous peoples and the rest of the population. Four editions of the National Indigenous Games were held, with competitions in 10 sports, both indigenous and conventional. 

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

An average of US$ 105,000 was invested in this project per year, using funds from the regular national budget and supplemental appropriations. 

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain