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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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07 April 2014 Colombia

The tree of life and abundance

Indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon consider abundance, in terms of livelihood wealth, as an important aspect of their cultural background. The story “the tree of life and abundance” narrated by the indigenous elder and local researcher Abel Rodriguez includes the traditional management of food and the understanding these communities have regarding well-being as presented in their mythology of origin.

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28 November 2013 Colombia

Using the lessons from tropical forests in peace scenarios

TBI Colombia’s methodologies on participative research and project formulation within intercultural contexts are now being implemented among rural communities in the Caribbean region. This is an example of how the lessons we have derived from research in tropical forests can be extended to other ecosystems and, particularly, to areas where communities rebuilding their livelihoods amidst the aftermath of civil conflicts (i.e. under a post-conflict setting).

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19 November 2013 Colombia

Linking traditional knowledge and adaptation to climate change

When considering climate change from a local perspective many questions arise. Is climate change recognized as a problem by communities? What are the impacts associated to this phenomenon? And most importantly, what tools do local communities have in order to adapt to climate change? The resulting documents developed by TBI Colombia in the frame of the project If the climate changes, you should change too address these questions and give indications of how to link traditional knowledge to climate change adaptation.

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