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20 October 2014 Colombia

Farewell to Daniel Matapí

In recent years, Daniel Matapí became from a learner, a facilitator and a field guide to a teacher, a leader and a loyal friend. Thanks to his research and his delicate weaving of relationships among indigenous and “white people”, and among different ethnic groups, he will be remembered as an important person in the dialogue of knowledge, necessary for the indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon.

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08 September 2014 Colombia

Abel Rodriguez, local researcher, receives 2014 Principal Prince Claus Laureate award

Abel Rodriguez, an elder of the Nonuya people, an indigenous group from the mid Caquetá River in Colombia, receives the Principal Prince Claus Laureate 2014 award for his outstanding work as a botanist, an artist and his knowledge and understanding of the Amazonian ecosystem.

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08 September 2014 Colombia

Tropenbos International shocked about the death of local researcher Daniel Matapi

Daniel Matapi, an indigenous researcher of the Matapi – Yucuna ethnic group from the mid Caqueta River, passed away along with other people on board of a crashed small plane in the Amazon region of Colombia.

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23 July 2014 Colombia

Indigenous women and food security

Through their daily practices, indigenous women have accumulated a specialized knowledge associated to agriculture, the establishment and maintenance of the chagra or conuco, the use of agrobiodiversity and the transformation and conservation of food, thus becoming the base of the family structure. Their role is fundamental in the transmission from generation to generation of agricultural knowledge that forms the base for food security and well-being of communities.

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03 July 2014 Colombia

Campesino women: weaving and embroidering the páramo

The campesino women from the Mortiño region in Colombia have created a dialogue platform to talk about about their community, their territory and the relevance of their actions for the regional development. This is how the weaving and embroidery afternoons that began a year ago are understood: they not only promote the discussion about the role of women in the páramos, but also rescue the knowledge related to the biological diversity of this ecosystem through the careful representation of orchids, frailejones and plants in general.

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23 April 2014 Colombia

Indigenous communities participate in the collective management of consumption fishing in the Tuparro National Natural Park

Community monitoring is a tool that promotes the participation of local communities in conservation and management of natural resources. Two indigenous communities settled in the Tuparro National Natural Park’s buffer zone in the Colombian Orinoquia have been registering their daily fish consumption and the ecological knowledge they have of the species. The results obtained up to now are key to the development of local agreements and fisheries management plans in the region.

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