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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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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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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Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Kogui Census 2019 to 2019

In Santa Marta, Colombia, earlier this year, preparations began for a series of expeditions into the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. More than a dozen teams—each composed of indigenous peoples and western professionals—prepared their gear for weeks-long trips into the remote mountains.

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By: Isidoro Hazbun Original article in Spanish in El Heraldo / Opinion More than 60% of human infectious diseases are caused by pathogens shared with wild or domestic animals. Some of these diseases have only recently emerged due to deforestation. Many zoonoses, animal-related diseases that can incidentally be communicated to people, especially those caused by…

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March 30, 2020 – El Tiempo A project with the Amazon Conservation Team seeks to translate major rulings that defend their rights. The Colombian Constitutional Court formalized with the Amazon Conservation Team a partnership whose purpose is to strengthen the dissemination of and access to the most significant decisions that the high court has issued…

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By Francisco de Roux (Jesuit priest, philosopher, economist, and president of the Colombian Truth Commission) March 29, 2020 – Semana By Francisco de Roux (Jesuit priest, philosopher, economist, and president of the Colombian Truth Commission) Our guest reflects on the moment we are experiencing as a society. It is now, he says, when we need the determination…

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Bulletin No. 44 Bogotá, March 27, 2020. The Colombian Constitutional Court and the Amazon Conservation Team will work together to share with the nation’s indigenous communities the guarantees and protection of their rights, as well as the jurisprudence that the Court has developed in defense of their interests. Alberto Rojas Ríos, the President of the…

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