In recent years, several Afro-descendant Peoples’ organizations have undertaken a strengthening process through regional articulation to influence the recognition of their territorial rights. As a fundamental step, they have worked to close the systematic and comprehensive information gap on the presence, lands, and territories of Afro-descendant Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Now we well present the recent results of a regional study, including a cartographic viewer on the side event on the theme of the right to Afro-descendant territory and the cartographic visibility of their lands, during the second session of the Permanent Forum on Peoples of African Descent held by the UN Human Rights Office to civil society actors, non-governmental organizations, academics, experts on issues related to Afro-descendants and all other relevant stakeholders.
This study will show the territorial presence of Afro-descendant Peoples on more than 205 million hectares in 16 countries of the region (Belize, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela) and the intersection with areas of great importance for biodiversity conservation and for the mitigation and adaptation to climate change. A work that was carried out in coordination with 20 Afro-descendant territorial and research organizations.
Panel Moderator: Sonia Viveros, Fundación Azúcar/Red MAAD – Ecuador
Opening Remarks: Andrés Mejía Pizano, Consul General of Colombia in New York
Spanish with interpretation into English and Portuguese.