Community ownership, participatory mapping and land recovery

In the municipality of San Luis, Mayan q’eqchi’es communities of El Aguacate, Mabila and Chiruja implemented an innovation plan, which was facilitated by Pastoral Social of the Peten Vicariate. The aim was to transfer participatory mapping methodology and the promotion of legal empowerment. The plan strengthened communities and, while it was developed, a collective willingness was born: to exercise the right to ownership by a single communal land title for all. While the amount of available land for traditional farming methods keeps on reducing in the region, poverty and land conflicts continue to rise.