Honoring a Leading Commitment to Conservation in Concert with Indigenous Peoples

On September 21, 2017, in the company of indigenous leaders and ACT staff, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was honored at the National Geographic Society for his special leadership in environmental conservation and his commitment to the preservation of biodiversity. 

The ceremony included a special presentation to President Santos by ACT and leaders from the Murui-Muina, Inga, Kamentsa, Kogi and Arhuaco indigenous communities commemorating the expansion and establishment of reserves in the Amazon, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Putumayo, and Caquetá.  

Learn more about this event here.

 

Better Protection for Chiribiquete, Northwest Amazon’s Most Important Protected Area

On July 12, 2017, the Colombian National Land Agency approved the expansions of the Puerto Sábalo Los Monos Indigenous Reserve by 413,100 hectares and of the Monochoa Indigenous Reserve by 154,790 hectares. The twin expansions effectively connect the largest national park in the country, the Chiribiquete National Park, with the largest reserve, the Predio Putumayo Indigenous Reserve, creating a vast conservation corridor in the Amazon region linking near 10 million hectares of protected lands.  

Learn more about this massive achievement here

 

ACT Field Notes

By: Minu Parahoe
Date: Sunday, March 27, 2016
Over five days in late January 2016, for ten villages along Suriname's upper Saramacca River populated by the nation’s Matawai Maroon community, the Avittiemauw Foundation and ACT led a workshop to enable the Matawai communities to continue their visualization of desired activities toward the proper development of their area.
By: Carlo Koorndijk
Date: Monday, March 14, 2016

ACT has launched a pilot project that provides older students with tablets so that they may gather and share audiovisual materials to expand their understanding of coursework. A special thanks to the students of Apetina for sharing the following festive video, the first produced with their new tools.

By: Isidoro Hazbun
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Representatives of indigenous and campesino communities from the Colombian Amazon, with support from ACT staff, participated last year in shared learning activities related to the sustainable management and use of native timber trees.

ACT in the Press

By: Monica Andrea Saavedra Crespo
Publication: El Mundo (September 2016)

Mediante la firma de un convenio entre la Gerencia Indígena de Antioquia de la Gobernación y la Agencia Nacional de Tierras se espera dar solución a las solicitudes de titulación, ampliación y construcción de resguardos indígenas en el departamento.

By: Lucía Franco
Publication: vice.com (September 2016)
Roberto Franco ––un politólogo de la Universidad de los Andes que trabajaba como antropólogo y que dedicó su vida a la preservación del medio ambiente, a las comunidades indígenas aisladas, a los campesinos, a causas no muy valoradas–– se subió el 6 de septiembre de 2014 a una avioneta en Araracuara, un pueblo que queda en el Caquetá, luego de pasar la mañana recogiéndole flores de Inirida a Patricia Vargas, su mujer.
By: James Perla
Publication: Living Planet (August 2016)

Despite conservation efforts, swathes of Brazil's Amazon forest are still lost to deforestation. Small-scale illegal logging can be difficult to monitor, even with satellite-imaging technology. Now, one indigenous tribe is looking to GPS mapping on smartphones to protect their forest.