The Amerindian Land Titling Project

What the Project is About?

Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) emphasizes the importance of protecting Indigenous land rights and opening windows of opportunities for Amerindians, especially those who depend on forest resources as a means of livelihood. The objective of this project is to facilitate the Amerindian Land Titling process.

Amerinidians comprise 9.1 percent of Guyana’s population and currently own approximately 13.9 percent of the land, up from 6 percent in the early 1990s. The Government of Guyana has set the policy objective of addressing all Land Titling issues by 2015, for Amerindian villages where two thirds of the adult population request this to be done based on the principles of free, prior and informed consent. Historically, high cost has been a barrier to achieving this policy objective. The Government intends to allocate substantial funding from the Guyana REDD+ Invesmtent Fund (GRIF) via this project to remove this barrier.

Through engagement and consultation and based on requests from villages or communities, the project seeks to enable Amerindians to secure their lands and natural resources with a view towards sustainable social and economic development. It is expected that titling of communities will strengthen land tenure security and the expansion of the asset base of Amerindians, enabling improved long term planning for their future development. It is also expected to enhance the opportunities for villages to ‘opt-in’ to the REDD+ and the LCDS, should they wish to do so.

Expected Outcome

Outcome one: Secured Land Tenure for Amerindian villages and communities

Output 1: Land titles issued and demarcation process completed for all Amerindian villages that submit requests.

The following are the set targets under this output:

  •  Demarcation of outstanding villages with Absolute Grants and issuance of Certificates of Title within the duration of the project;
  • Issuance of Absolute Grants to all eligible Amerindian communities that submit requests to the Ministry of Indigenous People's Affairs;
  • Absolute Grants for extensions issued to villages that have submitted requests to the MoIPA; and
  • Demarcation of the extensions of villages that have submitted requests to the MoIPA, and issuance of Certificates of Title.

Outcome 2: Increased use of existing and alternative mechanisms to resolve land titling disputes

Output 2:  Increased access to existing and alternative mechanisms for resolving land titling disputes

The following are the set targets under this output:

  • Identification of the relevant stakeholders, mapping of the various intervention points and an analysis of the regulatory and administrative mechanisms in the Titling process;
  • Building capacity of stakeholders, including MoIPA Staff and Village Councils, in negotiation and mediation, and other forms of conflict resolution and knowledge on the land titling process;
  • Documentation of the resolution of future land titling issues; and
  • Preparation of a handbook/guideline/principle for negotiation/arbitration land issues.

Outcome 3: All relevant stakeholders better informed about Amerindian rights and the land titling mechanism.

Output 3: Communication strategy, including a handbook describing the process of titling, demarcation and on the social and economic impacts of secure land tenure.

The following are the set targets under this output:

  • Review and revision of the current communication strategy for land titling and support its implementation; and
  • The development and distribution of a handbook that provides information on Amerindian rights and the land titling process in a manner that is appropriate and easily understood. These will be made freely available to all communities.
  • Dissemination of information on land titling and demarcation through various media and appropriate communication means  to  key stakeholders as identified by stakeholders and expanded to include all relevant stakeholders at the community, regional and national levels, including  mining and logging concessionaires, churches, and others who may have claims of the land in question.

Who finances it?

Donor Amount
Guyana REDD+ investment Fund 10, 755,990

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