Blog Posts

Rights in the Territory: The Raizal Community 

April 24, 2024

The Rights in the Territory initiative — “Derechos en el Territorio” in Spanish — has as its objective the effective dialogue of Colombia’s Constitutional court with ethnic communities in the country. The initiative is aimed at the promotion, dissemination and cultural and linguistic adaptation of the most significant decisions of the court benefiting these communities. 

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Young indigenous voices lead the future: ACT-Colombia’s Youth Advisory Board 

February 5, 2024

A youth advisory board sponsored by ACT-Colombia works towards the inclusion of younger voices within our partner communities. It convenes nine members of 10 to 16 years of age from across six geographic regions of Colombia where our programs are present.

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Conservation victory in Colombia’s deforestation hotspot 

January 22, 2024

On the shores of the Caquetá River, among tall Amazonian palms and fast flowing waters brown with silt, are three indigenous reserves– Huitorá, Coropoyá and Jericó Consaya. These reserves are home to 138 families of the Murui Muina and Korebajʉ people, who have long assumed responsibility for caring for the life within their biodiverse territory.  

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Richard Kahn: Sparking the Amazon Conservation Team 

December 8, 2023
Richard Kahn, Mark Plotkin, and Liliana Madrigal

Richard Kahn was one of those quiet visionaries—a brilliant lawyer and activist with a profound sense of social and environmental justice and a believer in the therapeutic…

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How the heart of the Amazon was protected 

December 6, 2023

Five years ago, two indigenous territories in Colombia were expanded, establishing a protected area mosaic the size of Virginia.

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Reclaiming the Sacred Sibundoy Valley: A Ten Generation Story 

October 24, 2023

Real, enduring change requires a long-term commitment. The Inga and kamëntsá have resisted and persisted for more than 500 years to protect their culture and reclaim their forests and their most sacred place of origin. ACT will continue to stand alongside them. 

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Clean Cooking in the Colombian Caribbean & Andean Amazon

October 4, 2023

This project highlights the importance of considering cultural factors in clean cooking initiatives, offering a sustainable solution that respects local traditions and promotes healthier cooking practices in Colombia’s rural regions.

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Biocultural restoration at Jaba Tañiwashkaka 

May 30, 2023

Understand how the Kogui people reclaimed access to the sea and restored nature at a coastal sacred site through our new blog about Jaba Tañiwashkaka.

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Ancestral Tides Working to Conserve Coastal Ecosystems & Protect Sea Turtles by Laura Monti

October 26, 2022
Ancestral Tides gathering with leaders from indigenous coastal communities from Mexico, Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica

“Sea turtles, a species emblematic of the connection between the two great biomes the desert and tropical rainforests, are an indicator of the health of marine and coastal ecosystems. Utilizing both indigenous knowledge and western scientific traditions, the indigenous sea turtle conservation communities exchanged knowledge and strategies to simultaneously conserve these coastal ecosystems and sea turtles while revitalizing associated cultural traditions”.

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Lessons from Costa Rica’s national parks: the Guanacaste Conservation Area and Daniel Janzen

August 30, 2022

Field Visit to Guanacaste A joint group of scientists from the Amazon Conservation Team’s Colombia, Costa Rica, and United States offices spent several weeks in…

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