Indigenous Affairs Ministry eyes 4-year extension to Amerindian Land Titling Project

first_imgThe Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry is seeking a second extension to the Amerindian Land Titling Project which will come to an end on December 31.Subject Minister, Sydney Allicock says the extension will ensure communities that were not demarcated and subsequently titled, would be given an opportunity to be the legal owners of their traditional lands.“Meetings continue with the hope that we can have that extension with no additional cost to the programme. We just hope that with support, we will be able to convince with our justification for the extension but for how many years we won’t be able to say but we would love to have a five-year extension because it is very crucial for doing the work for realising of land titling to our IndigenousIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicockcommunities”, Minister Allicock assured.The Minister related that demarcation is critical to development and for further improvements planned for the Indigenous communities.“This will be something that will help us or make it easier for our people to have their village improvement plans in place, we intend to have better technology in allowing our communities to address land management because we need to look at where we have areas that we could have remain in its pristine if we can have that, that will be a big plus for us”.Addressing some of the challenges faced, Minister Allicock said “we have learnt from it, and it was almost impossible for us to complete 68 communities (their demarcation) within three years because of the topography of the areas and different landscapes some are easier than some. We have seen the mistakes that could be made if you try to rush. Those are the realities of life and we also have to continue talking to the people, educate one another and hopefully we will be ableAn aerial view of vast landto proceed in a better way”.The Amerindian Land Titling Project which commenced in 2013 sought to enable the Indigenous peoples secure their lands and natural resources with a view towards sustainable social and economic development.It is expected that titling and demarcation will strengthen land tenure security and the expansion of the asset base of Amerindians, thus enabling improved long-term planning for their future development.Sixty-eight Indigenous villages were targeted (land titling/demarcation and extensions) across the hinterland with 20 demarcations and 18 titles completed in villages to date.last_img read more