15 October 2013 Colombia

Local contributions to a history of mining in the Colombian Amazon

According to recent news, gold mining rafts have multiplied by ten in the Mid River Caquetá area in the last year. The rapid increase of this illegal activity will certainly leave an everlasting scar in this Amazon tropical forest area and its communities. What alternatives can be developed in order stop this highly contaminating and degrading activity?

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01 August 2013 Colombia

Strengthening communities for the participative formulation of management plans

Strengthening of local governance by stimulating communities to carry out monitoring activities of natural resources and the compilation of traditional knowledge to improve participative processes in the National Natural Park La Paya area is the main outcome of the Putumayo Three Frontiers project, which ended January 2013.

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09 July 2013 Colombia

Local research programme: Abel Rodríguez and his inventory of plants

Traditional knowledge of plants, trees and forest products can be relevant for well-managed forests, food security programmes and the strengthening of local governance. Traditional knowledge-holders have a millenary comprehension of the ecological and cultural aspects of the Amazon region and such knowledge is relevant for the formulation of local life plans and for strengthening the dialogue among local communities, traditional authorities, government institutions and other organizations.

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15 April 2013 Colombia

Recovering the ancestral interpretation of the Amazon territory

Indigenous communities and territory come together as one, but the relationship implies a variety of visions and interpretations. From a traditional point of view, the territory is multidimensional: it considers not only the physical-geographical area or the political-administrative dimensions, but it also includes the shamanic, mythological and inter-ethnic aspects. These are some of the elements that TBI Colombia recovers in the publication Traditional cartography of the Yucuna-Matapí: The knowledge and management of the traditional territory.

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04 April 2013 Colombia

Compiling knowledge for the strengthening of the Awá people

After a successful consultation process with the organisations that comprise the Great Awá family, Tropenbos International (TBI) Colombia provided the basis for a historical survey strategy and the strengthening of their traditional knowledge.

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07 March 2013 Colombia

Gold mining activities big threat for local communities in the Colombian Amazon

Gold mining activities are a real threat for the local communities in the Colombian Amazon according to the report “Mining from a local perspective” compiled by Tropenbos International Colombia. This document gathers more than 40 testimonies of local communities regarding the impact of mining activities in their territories.

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