Indigenous knowledge in the Caquetá River: strengthening the management of climate change adaptation initiatives

Colombia

Indigenous knowledge in the Caquetá River: strengthening the management of climate change adaptation initiatives

The project "Indigenous knowledge in the Caquetá River: strengthening the management of climate change adaptation initiatives" began in April 2023 and it is an alliance between Tropenbos Colombia and the Natural Heritage Fund for Biodiversity and Protected Areas and financed by the Climate Alliance and Land use Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA).

This project “Indigenous knowledge in the Caquetá River: strengthening the management of climate change adaptation initiatives” seeks to strengthen indigenous governance through the strengthening of traditional knowledge, the participatory generation of territory planning agendas, promoting the local management of natural resources and the identification of adaptation needs to climate change. It also promotes the generation of capacities for the administration of funds and the creation of projects, improving environmental management and facilitating the exchange of experiences, learned lessons and recommendations among beneficiary communities and organizations.

The actions take place in one of the main rivers of the Amazon basin, the Caquetá River, more specifically in five strategic points that were distributed along the upper, mid and lower areas of the river and its tributaries. The areas are the following: In the high area, there is the Koreguaje Indigenous Resguardo of Jacomé, the Koreguaje indigenous community of Jericó and the Uitoto Indigenous Resguardo of Huitorá; in the tributaries and foothills area, there is the Inga Tandachiridu Association of Indigenous Authorities; and in the lower area, there is the multiethnic community of Puerto Córdoba.

Communities are developing their own research projects related to climate change and have been formulating projects for adaptation to this phenomenon. There proposals will be implemented this year. Local research is understood a strategy for the recovery, documentation and compilation of their knowledge associated with the climate and forest management and as a means to formulating actions to adapt to the new climatic conditions.

"Indigenous knowledge in the Caquetá River: local strengthening for the management of own projects on adaptation to climate change" is committed to recognizing local structures and the indigenous peoples' own forms of knowledge as means to strengthen local communities, local governance and a local and relevant approach to adaptation to climate change.

Duration

2023-2024

Objective

To work together in formulating strong indigenous solutions to climate change, improving environmental governance in indigenous territories, strengthening the capacity for effective project management in the participating indigenous communities in the Amazon region.