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National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario

National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario

  • Some of the properties recovered within the framework of the mission of the ANT will benefit the community of the Islas del Rosario Community Council.
  • There are eight properties in total that the Agency has recovered so far in 2023.

 

National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario
National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario. Image Courtesy: Esteban Mantilla-Agencia Nacional de Tierras.

 

Cartagena, Colombia, July 29, 2023. @AgenciaTierras

The National Land Agency (ANT) successfully reclaimed five vacant properties in Islas del Rosario that were previously designated as reserved land by the Nation. These properties had been subject to improper occupations by individuals without a valid occupation contract or with contracts that had expired.

The properties recovered include Casa Blanca (3 hectares + 4,875 m2), El Remanso (796 m2), Gran Eden (7,000 m2), Hooker (3,823 m2), and Isla Nasa (8,374 m2).

 

National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario
National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario. Image Courtesy: Esteban Mantilla-Agencia Nacional de Tierras.

 

The General Director of the ANT, Gerardo Vega Medina indicated that:

“Talks were held with the Board of Directors of the Rosario Islands Community Council, to whom we recognize their harmonious relationship with this territory and we want them to be the ones to occupy and take advantage of these recovered properties. This is an unprecedented act in Colombia, some of these properties will be delivered free of charge and another property will serve to adapt the community aqueduct of the Big Island.”

 

National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario. Image Courtesy: Esteban Mantilla-Agencia Nacional de Tierras.

 

Dayana Medrano Molina, the legal representative of the Isla del Rosario Community Council, shared insights on the importance of acquiring these lands and the positive implications they hold for the welfare of the Raizal community:

“Today, we are pleased to receive these properties for community benefit because we are no longer going to be just workers, but we are going to be employers and generate productivity and generate community well-being throughout our territory. We want to thank God and all the people who have been part of this process so that our Raizal community today becomes even more empowered in our territories, as we become the direct administrators of the use of these properties.

The National Land Agency headed by the director Gerardo Vega delivered these properties for community benefit and we are so happy. Today our community receives them and begins using them for community benefit.”

 

National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario. Image Courtesy: Esteban Mantilla-Agencia Nacional de Tierras.

 

The president of the Islas del Rosario community council outlined the various purposes for which one of the acquired properties will be utilized,

“We are in one of the properties that has been delivered to the Islas del Rosario community. The use of this property is mainly residential. The second use will be for the community access to the pier which will especially benefit our children in the community. It will also serve for housing for teachers as well as housing for our doctor, since we don’t have a place where they can stay. It will be accessible to the beach, everyone in the community will be able to access it.”

 

National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario. Image Courtesy: Esteban Mantilla-Agencia Nacional de Tierras.

 

The non-owner occupants of these properties had been repeatedly called upon by the ANT for their voluntary return throughout 2023, with material recovery orders issued for properties that had remained unexecuted since 2006 and 2007. Some of these properties were intended for residential use, while others were designated for ecotourism.

 

National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario. Image Courtesy: Daniel Castaño – Agencia Nacional de Tierras.

 

The Colombian State, through the National Land Agency, engaged in prior discussions with the board of the Islas del Rosario Community Council regarding the recovery of these properties. The operations on the territory were carried out in the presence of the National Police and representatives from various guarantor entities, including the Attorney General’s Office, the Ombudsman’s Office of Cartagena, the Ombudsman’s Office, ICBF, and Colombian Migration.

 

National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario. Image Courtesy: Daniel Castaño – Agencia Nacional de Tierras.

 

“Today we hand over 5 properties to the community council in Islas del Rosario, on Isla Grande, 5 properties that had been improperly occupied by individuals….As of today, they will have access to the beach. Before, they had to ask for permission to travel to the beach. Today, the natives of the Isla Grande now have proper access to the beach. Of course, with a norm of coexistence for everyone and respect for everyone, but as of today the possibilities open up and now they have a path from the center of the community to the beach,” declared the director of ANT, Gerardo Vega.

 

National Land Agency Recovers Five Properties in Islas del Rosario. Image Courtesy: Esteban Mantilla-Agencia Nacional de Tierras.

 

“The properties have been handed over for their use, their work, for the benefit of the Raizales. And the black communities here, on the Rosario Islands. We are going to continue recovering properties that are improperly occupied in favor of the Creole community and native communities in the Rosario Islands,” explained Vega.

 


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