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27 September 2019

Forest Tenure Reform in the Amazon – A path to livelihoods and tenure security for local people?

Welcome to this lunch seminar co-hosted by Focali, SIANI and LARRI, with guest speaker Iliana Monterroso from Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Peru.

Mr. Melquiades, Brazil nut producer in Madre de Dios, Peru. Photo: Yoly Gutierrez (CIFOR) / Flickr.

Tenure reforms transferring control over forests to local communities and indigenous people are increasingly being recognized as key to avoiding deforestation and its negative effects for local people, biodiversity, hydrology and the climate. The positive experience is seen in the Amazon Basin, Latin America, where almost a third of the forest land has legally been recognized as indigenous territories with collective title to the land. Peru has been at the forefront with more than 2,000 indigenous communities having been titled over 11 million hectares of forest land since 1974.

What are the outcomes of such reforms for forest people themselves, their livelihoods and tenure security?

How is tenure security related to the conditions of the forests and the incentives for people to protect them?

Are there links between tenure security issues and the current forest fires in the Amazon?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed by Dr. Iliana Monterroso, CIFOR, during the seminar, based on her extensive research experience from the Peruvian and Colombian parts of the Amazon as well as other research by CIFOR in the region. Read more about the theme of Iliana’s presentation on the Focali event page for the seminar.

Register to the seminar and lunch by email to (state any food preferences or allergies in the email).


12.00 Welcome to the seminar and lunch
Lasse Krantz, University of Gothenburg & LARRI and Maria Ölund, Focali & SIANI

12.20 Introduction to the Amazon region, current challenges and situation for indigenous groups
Torsten Krause, Associate Senior Lecturer LUCSUS – Lund University & Focali

12.30 Formalization of indigenous rights in the Peruvian Amazon: What we learned about forest tenure reform emergence, implementation and outcomes?
Iliana Monterroso, Center for International Forestry Research, CIFOR Lima, Perú

13.15 Comments on the presentation
Torsten Krause and Lasse Krantz

13.30 – 14.30 Coffee and open discussion
Moderator: Lasse Krantz


From 27 September 2019 at 12:00 to 27 September 2019 at 14:30


GMV, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, Aschebergsgatan 44, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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About Iliana Monterroso

Iliana Monterroso is an environmental scientist with the Equity, Gender, Justice & Tenures team. She is also the co-coordinator of Gender and Social Inclusion Research. She is part of the team that coordinates the implementation of the FTA strategy to strengthen partner organizations and CIFOR scientists to address gender and social inclusion across their research and ensure continuous learning and improvement. Iliana has a BSc in Biology and an MSc and PhD in Environmental Sciences. She has participated in global comparative studies that analyzed impacts of forest tenure reforms. She has extensive experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder platforms involving indigenous peoples, descendants and grassroots organizations. Her research focuses on gender, tenure, collective rights, environmental governance and socio-environmental conflicts predominantly in Latin America.

Read more about Iliana Monterroso