Prior to October, 2003 Puerto Iguazu, Argentina endured a two-year struggle between municipal authorities and the illegal inhabitants of 2000 hectares of municipal land within the city. Tensions eventually escalated into episodes of violent conflict between the occupants of the disputed land, their neighbors, and the authorities.
Partners Argentina, Foundation for Democratic Change in Argentina (FCD – Fundación de Cambio Democrático) introduced the conflicting parties to a collaborative process called Dialogue Rounds. Bringing together representatives of the municipal authorities, of the occupants’ community organizations, the National Parks Administration, and various other groups. The City Council Resolutions Nº 97/04 of December 2004 declared the 2000 previously disputed hectares, a Multiple Use Reservoir, thereby regulating and restricting the uses of the land. Land zoning was the first step towards tenure security for the occupants by formalizing the municipal territory boundary that had been the source of conflict.