We mourn the death today of our colleague and friend José de los Santos Sauna Limaco, governor of the Kogui – Malayo – Arhuaco Indigenous Reserve.

We honor the life of José de los Santos, his leadership, and his dedication to the protection of his Kogui people and the defense of the Linea Negra, a network of sacred sites of the four communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

We share this sad moment with his family, the Kogui people, and the indigenous peoples of Colombia.

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Lamentamos el fallecimiento en el día de hoy de nuestro compañero y amigo José de los Santos Sauna Limaco, Cabildo Gobernador del Resguardo indígena Kogui – Malayo – Arhuaco.

Honramos la vida de José de los Santos, su liderazgo y dedicación por la protección de su pueblo Kogui y la defensa de la Línea Negra, espacio sagrado de los 4 pueblos de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Compartimos este momento triste con su familia, el pueblo kogui y los pueblos indígenas de Colombia.

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COVID-19 Repsonse, Vaupes, Colombia

The pandemic is still sweeping through the Amazon, showing how exposed this seemingly impermeable forest can be. Indigenous and traditional communities of the rainforest are in dire need of support.
ACT continues to band together with civil society and governments in Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and Suriname to mitigate and manage the crisis locally. Our partners span universities, public health departments, volunteer air patrols, health NGOs, indigenous organizations, ACT-trained Amazon Conservation Rangers, and more.

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July 11, 2020 – Publication: StarNieuws France has donated 280 aid packages totaling some 4,000 kg of food and basic goods to indigenous Surinamese villages severely affected by Covid-19, flooding and isolation. The first packages were brought to Kwamalasamutu by plane on July 10. The French used the budget allocated to the July 14 celebration…

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June 27, 2020 by Adriana Diaz – Universidad de los Andes-Colombia After almost two hours of flight in a small plane from Bogotá, Colombia, Martha Vives, Ángela Holguín and Santiago Hernández landed in the rain in the municipality of Villagarzón, Putumayo, at 11 am on Friday, June 26. For Martha, Deputy Dean of Sciences at…

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Flood in Sipaliwini Suriname, Waterkant photo

June 26, 2020 – Publication: Waterkant The water installation company Ish Jamanthy Suriname, in collaboration with the Amazon Conservation Team Suriname, has launched an aid campaign for the residents of affected villages in South Suriname (Sipaliwini district). The indigenous and Maroon villages in this region of Suriname were hit by an extreme thunderstorm last week,…

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June 15, 2020 – Publication: De Ware Tijd (DWT Online) PARAMARIBO – Theodoris Jubitana, president of the Association of Indigenous Village Heads in Suriname (VIDS), is deeply concerned that eleven people from the indigenous village of Sipaliwini are infected with the new coronavirus. Referring to President Desi Bouterse’s prediction that if people in the interior…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in Amazonia, indigenous and local communities are some of the most vulnerable.

While we have had to leave our offices and field locations and pause many of our projects, we have strategically pivoted to address communities’ most pressing needs in the face of the current global health crisis.

This is how we have reshaped our current priorities in response to COVID-19

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