Laws, Policies and Strategies

Strategies and Policies:

Regional Development Plan 2016-2021 - Short term development plan which focuses on focuses on to establish very clearly the six strategic objectives that are required for achieve the regional vision, as well as the strategic actions that allow implement these strategic decisions. One of the strategic objectives in environment and natural resource management.

Regional Climate Change Strategy -The Regional Climate Change Strategy of Ucayali is a tool to support decision-making which allows planning and the development of actions, programs and projects in a coordinated and articulated way with national policies that lead to adequate adaptation and mitigation of inevitable climate change. The Region of Ucayali, as an Amazonian region, is highly vulnerable to effects of climate change because it has a great biodiversity of flora and interrelated fauna in fragile ecosystems and settled indigenous populations on the banks of rivers and streams, which can be directly affected. This strategy highlights the need for action to adapt to changes in climate, giving priority to vulnerable areas and mitigating the effects of climate change, such as floods and damage to agricultural products. In addition, it gives priority to research, such as climate change and population health, study of the fragile ecosystems of the Ucayali Region, among others.

Regional Development Plan 2011-2021 - The plan outlines strategic medium-term economic development initiatives in Ucayali through 2021. It was formalized through Regional Ordinance 0924/2011. The plan was updated in 2016.

Laws and Regulations

Ordinance 15/2017 Ordinance finalizing the economic and ecological zoning (ZEE) for the region.

Ordinance 4/2017- Declares of Regional Interest the creation of Collective Mark "Marca Ucayali" Ordinance 01/2013, to distinguish the production of the Ucayali Region that is differentiated by: (i) being produced in the Amazon, (ii) coming (iii) their rejection of child labor, (iv) their rejection of coca cultivation, (v) promoting gender equity, and (vi) meeting international and competitive standards.

Ordinance 021-2016- In 2016 Ucayali declared the Forest Zoning process of interest through this ordinance which established a technical work team and entrusted its leadership to the Forestry and Wildlife Management Division. In 2017, SERFOR and Ucayali signed an agreement to establish a Serfor liaison office in the region.

Ordinance 006-2016 - approves Competitiveness Plan for Ucayali Palm Oil for the period 2016 - 2026

Ordinance 1/2014 - Regulation of Organization and Functions - Authority in 2014.Defines the structure and responsibility of the Regional Environment Authority. It highlights the authority of the ARA in the implementation of policies, strategies, programs and plans in the field of territorial planning, sustainable management of natural resources, conservation of biodiversity and protection of the public environment.

Ordinance 11/2014Officially adopts Ucayali’s Regional Strategy for Climate Change .

Ordinance 1/2013- Creates the Regional Environmental Authority of Uucayali (ARAU) as an institution dependent on the Regional General Management, in charge of consolidating, planning and exercise authority in environmental matters, territorial planning and management sustainable use of renewable natural resources within the regional scope, in charge of an official with the rank of regional manager, appointed by the Regional President.

Ministerial Resolution 019/2010 - Transfers forest management functions to the regional government of Ucayali.

Institutional Framework

Regional Environmental Authority (ARA) - Ucayali is delegated responsibility in forest management through Ministerial Resolution 019/2010 -MINAGRI. In 2013, the Regional Ordinance 001-2013 RU-CR established the Regional Environmental Authority and delegated its functions and structure. It is subdivided into 4 directorates: Forestry and Wildlife, Land Management, Conservation and Biological Diversity and Environmental Management. In 2016, the Regional Environmental Authority (Regional Ordinance 010-2016-GRU) updated the structure of functions of the Regional Government recognizing the ARA as a decentralized body.

Regional Management of Economic Development - works on issues related to agricultural, agroforestry and aquaculture value chains through the Regional Agrarian Directorate. Some initiatives to promote forestry activities are also promoted from this regional sector.

General Manager - The General Manager of Ucayali is involved in the monitoring and follow-up of some forest conservation projects such as the GEF-PNUD Sustainable Productive Landscapes. The General Manager has an active role in promoting the Low Emissions Development approach given his representation of Ucayali before the GCF Task Force.

Directorate of Agriculture - The Regional Directorate on Agriculture is the body responsible for directing, guiding, coordinating, executing, supervising, controlling and evaluating the various agrarian productive activities within its jurisdiction.

Zoning and Spatial Planning

Ucayali formally approved its ecological and economic zoning (ZEE) plan in August of 2017 through Regional Ordinance No 015-2017-GRU-CR. The zoning study is available for download, along with the zoning map, which is also available in GIS files.

Ucayali's Strategic Plan for Concerted Development of Ucayali to 2021 establishes as a next step "to formulate and implement the Territorial Planning Plan to regulate the occupation and use of the territory, in articulated form with regional and local policies, plans and programs" .

Engagement and Participation with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

According to the Instituto de Bien Comun, in Ucayali there are 139 peasant communities, of which 37 are located in Atalaya, 97 in Coronel Portillo, 1 in Masisea, 2 in Padre Abad and 2 in Purus. According to the Directory of Native Communities of the Ministry of Culture (2012) there is an extension of 21874.68 km2 of the territory of native communities, which represents 20.82% of the total territory of Ucayali and of which 226 native communities are titled.

Regional Ordinance No. 013-2017-GRU-CRapproves and promotes Indigenous environmental monitoring and control as a mechanism for indigenous communities to denounce any activity that affects the ancestral territory of native communities. Responsibility was extended to the ARA to formulate the regulations of this ordinance.