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Panama | Indigenous group regains legal control of ancestral lands; will now help manage 2 reserves

Tribal groups in Panama are celebrating a victory for their rights to control some of Central America’s largest forests — a victory that could benefit conservation throughout the region.

The landmark ruling, by the country’s Supreme Court, upholds a claim by the Naso people of northwest Panama — who live in remote villages, grow subsistence crops, maintain their own forests and native language, and elect their own monarch — to create a semi-autonomous territory, known in Panama as a comarca, covering some 400,000 acres of their ancestral lands.


https://e360.yale.edu/features/forest-defenders-a-panamanian-tribe-regains-control-of-its-lands

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