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Ambitious Indigenous Forest Monitoring Program Underway Across Peru (video)

For the Spanish translation, please see below or click here.

Peru’s largest organization representing indigenous peoples from the Amazon region, AIDESEP, is moving forward with a bold new proposal for indigenous forest oversightand

management: el Sistema Nacional de Veedurías Forestales or National Forest Monitoring Initiative. To show the progress of this program at the national, regional, and local levels, EIA travelled to Peru to discuss with local partners the achievements of the program thus far, as well as the challenges the project seeks to overcome.

The Veedor Forestal (Forest Monitor) from the Atalaya region of Ucayali, Hestalin Ríos, described the purpose of the Veeduría Forestal in his region, “The veeduría forestal comunitaria (community forest monitoring unit) plays a very important role in building capacity and providing technical support for communities; this is why the Veeduría Forestal was created.”

The program has officers (veedores) already in place at the national level in Lima, while regional units (veedurías) have been established in several of AIDESEP’s regional bases. “This helps greatly to begin to control and showcase what is being done in the Peruvian Amazon from the communities and from the [various] jurisdictions, because the communities will begin to exercise indigenous management and control within their areas. Whichever (outside actor) affects them directly or indirectly has to be publicized and made known to the authorities so that they can take action on the matter,” said George Cuñachi, Veedor Forestal Nacional, National Forest Monitor.

Discussing the long-term vision for the program, Mr. Cuñachi continued, “Our biggest vision is to have a national forest information system, functioning in all of the regional base organizations.” A national system will allow the organization to bring coordinated information about forest management and community needs to policymakers at the regional, national, and international levels.

More information can be found on the Veeduría Forestal website.

A “Manual for Forest Monitoring Units” or “Manual para las Veedurías Forestales” can be found here in Spanish.

ESPAÑOL La organización representativa más grande de los pueblos indígenas de la Amazonía Peruana, AIDESEP, está promoviendo una nueva propuesta para el monitoreo y manejo indígena de los bosques: el Sistema Nacional de Veedurías Forestales. Para demostrar los avances del programa a los niveles nacional, regional y local, EIA viajó a Perú para hablar con los socios locales sobre los logros del programa a la fecha, tal como los desafíos que el programa busca superar.

El Veedor Forestal en la region de Atalaya en Ucayali, Hestalin Rios, describió el propósito de la Veeduría Forestal en su region, “La veeduría forestal comunitaria juega un rol muy importante en capacitar, en asesorar técnicamente a las comunidades; y eso es la razón para dar nacimiento a esta veeduría forestal.”

El programa ya cuenta con veedores establecidos al nivel nacional, en Lima, mientras que Veedurías regionales se han establecido en varias de las bases regionales de AIDESEP. “Ayuda mucho a que se empiecen a controlar y a visibilizar qué se está haciendo en la Amazonía peruana desde las comunidades y desde las jurisdicciones, porque las comunidades van a empezar a ejercer el control social indígena dentro de las áreas. Cualquiera que les afecte directa o indirectamente, tienen que ser visibilizados y dar a conocer a las instancias correspondientes para que tomen cartas en el asunto,” dijo George Cuñachi, Veedor Forestal Nacional.

Hablando sobre la visión de largo plazo del programa, Sr. Cuñachi continuó: “El sueño más grande es que se tenga un sistema de información nacional forestal, funcionando en todas las [organizaciones] regionales.” Un sistema nacional facilitará que la organización traiga información coordinada sobre el manejo forestal y necesidades comunitarias para tomadores de decisión al nivel regional, nacional e internacional.

Para mayor información por favor vea el sitio web de la Veeduría Forestal.

El “Manual para las Veedurías Forestales” se puede encontrar aquí en español.

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