The Certification and Privatization of Indigenous Lands in Mexico

  title={The Certification and Privatization of Indigenous Lands in Mexico},
  author={Derek A. Smith and Peter Herlihy and John H. Kelly and Aida Ramos Viera},
  journal={Journal of Latin American Geography},
  pages={175 - 207}
Reforms to Mexico's rural sector that allow ejido and other communal lands to be privatized have been widely criticized. However, the national certification program that facilitates this process, called PROCEDE, has received little attention. We describe how the program was implemented, based on field research in eleven indigenous communities and analysis of archival, cadastral, and statistical information. We explain the surveying methods and the varied ways in which indigenous communities… 

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