GEPAN has observed that the Amerindian Land Titling (ALT) (LCDS GRIF funded project) was interrupted in June, 2015 leaving at least 21 completed land titling investigations hanging. Seven months after the halting of the project, Amerindians are still awaiting for a decision to be made on their land title applications.
Some communities face tremendous challenges vis-à-vis mining properties, whether active or inactive, issued by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) within Amerindian proposed title boundaries. One Minister of Government, Simona Broomes, even possesses three properties on a proposed title.
As a result of this disinformation and secrecy surrounding the Amerindian Land Titling process, and in support of the principles of transparency and FPIC,GEPAN has written to the Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Hon. Sydney Allicock, requesting a status update on a list of 21 communities and villages.
The letter is available for public consultation at the following link: PENDING LAND TITLING PROCESSES