Mapuche Communities Receive Lands and Water Rights

On Saturday, November 26th, the Chilean government announced that it has resolved multiple land claims in the Araucanía region of the country. Specifically, seven Mapuche communities received lands from CONADI (the Chilean government’s Indigenous development corporation). In total, four Mapuche communities received farmlands and three other communities received lands for Indigenous cemeteries. Water rights (which are separate from land rights in Chile) were included with at least one of the farm parcels.

In total, 546 hectares (approximately 1,350 acres) of land were transferred to the Mapuche communities at a cost of more than US$3.4 million. The specifics of the transfers — including which Mapuche communities specifically were involved — did not appear in the CONADI press release, although they did mention that the largest parcel of farmland was nearly 200 hectares in size and included a water right (of 82 L/sec) as part of the transfer.

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