The impact of formalizing rights to land and forest: Indigenous community perspectives in Madre de Dios and Loreto

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  • The impact of the formalization of collective rights to land and forest in Peru is linked to a clear perception of tenure security: 80% of those surveyed consider their rights are stronger since titling, although this percentage is higher in men (85%) than women (75%).
  • 83% of the members of communities analysed in Madre de Dios consider that livelihoods have become more constrained since titling took place.
  • Despite progress, only 35% of those surveyed in Madre de Dios and Loreto say they participate in forest management. Titled communities are more actively involved (39%) than untitled ones (13%), and men more so than women.
  • 51% of those surveyed in the communities analyzed in Madre de Dios feel that the formal rules and legislation on the use of resources are well known, clear and fair. The percentage drops significantly amongst women.


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