16 June 2021 Colombia

A dialogue strategy to secure wellbeing among indigenous researchers

This dialogue strategy aims to give feedback to the concerns of indigenous families living in the Bogotá and to have a tangible impact on their wellbeing. It also addresses the challenges in the building of cultural identity in indigenous communities today.

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12 May 2021 Colombia

The impact of oil exploitation in the indigenous resguardos of the Colombian Amazon

This interview with María Fernanada García invites us to understand some of the local visions concerning hydrocarbon explotation in the indigenous resguardos of the Colombian Amazon. Her research project "The humanized forest versus the commercialized forest: The impact of oil exploitation over the Koreguaje resguardo El Diamante, Caquetá" was supported and accompanied by Tropenbos Colombia and presented successfully in the Anthropology Department of the Universidad Externado de Colombia.

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29 April 2021 Colombia

Participatory productive restoration takes root in Colombia

The Government of Colombia aims to plant 180 million trees by 2022. To ensure that local communities are effectively involved, Tropenbos Colombia calls for the participatory productive restoration approach.

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03 February 2021 Colombia

Open call: Art, culture and territory

This open callpromotes the inter-generational transmission of knowledge and the exploration of the sense of belonging to the territory and the local culture through artistic projects proposed by the young indigenous men and women living in the AIPEA (Association of Indigenous Authorities of Pedrera, Amazonas) region.

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09 December 2020 Colombia

Participative productive restoration in the Amazon rainforest

Corpoamazonia, the environmental authority in the Colombian Amazon, reports that 75,000 hectares of forest was lost in the first trimester of 2020, the same as in the whole of 2019. Participative productive restoration of forest landscapes aims to restore deforested land and improve livelihoods of those living in these areas. But most involved institutions approach this process from a very technical perspective, promoting the planting of trees species not always aligned with local conditions, and rely on ‘standard’ species, nurseries, cultivation patterns, management procedures and follow-up. But local communities have the capacity to build their own reforestation programmes based on traditional forest management, leading to truly participative productive restoration.

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08 July 2020 Colombia

From sworn enemies to partners in dialogue

Cattle ranchers and indigenous people are often not good neighbours. The municipality of Solano, in the southern Colombian province of Caquetá, was no exception. After the guerrilla movement FARC was disarmed in 2016, a power vacuum developed in the region. Ranchers and indigenous people came to oppose each other. But by establishing a dialogue between the two groups, mutual respect and trust has grown and room has been created to work on joint solutions.

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