Colombia Program

The nation of Colombia presents an enormous diversity of ecosystems and traditional societies, with a correspondingly large number of conservation opportunities. ACT’s work in the country thus employs multiple contextual strategies to protect biodiversity and strengthen indigenous culture in partnership with traditional communities.

Toward ecosystem protection, we have focused on the gradual formation of regional conservation and sustainable land use corridors, facilitated by the expansion of indigenous reserves, support for traditional agriculture and revised land zoning, and the establishment of novel categories of protected areas that provide for indigenous management and/or recognize locations of significant cultural importance. On the cultural end, we have met our indigenous colleagues’ desire for resources for intercultural youth education as well as support for associations of traditional healers, intergenerational knowledge transmission initiatives, and regional gatherings.

ACT Colombia Projects

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Building Protections for Isolated Indigenous Communities and Their Lands

Indigenous Reserve Expansions as Conservation Measures

Propagating Traditional Education Models

Protected Area Establishment and Community-Led Management

Reduction of Deforestation through Land Use Planning

Support for Unions of Traditional Healers

Supporting Indigenous Governance

Sustainable Production in the Andean Amazon

ACT Colombia Map Tour

View our ACT Colombia Map Tour to learn more and see where our projects are located.

ACT Colombia News

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

In India, November 11 marked the beginning of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, when Indian Hindus—and other Hindus around the world—celebrate the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In December 2015, with ACT’s assistance, Colombia’s Inga-Kamentsa people were granted governance rights over roughly 100,000 acres of their traditional lands. The community had laid claims to those lands for more than 300 years.

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015
In November 2015, Colombia’s University of the Amazon (Universidad de la Amazonia), in partnership with ACT, held a certificate course for indigenous representatives on the development of self-administered studies and surveys for the proper land use zoning and administration of indigenous territories in the Colombian Amazon.