Better Protection for Chiribiquete, Northwest Amazon’s Most Important Protected Area

On July 12, 2017, the Colombian National Land Agency approved the expansions of the Puerto Sábalo Los Monos Indigenous Reserve by 413,100 hectares and of the Monochoa Indigenous Reserve by 154,790 hectares. The twin expansions effectively connect the largest national park in the country, the Chiribiquete National Park, with the largest reserve, the Predio Putumayo Indigenous Reserve, creating a vast conservation corridor in the Amazon region linking near 10 million hectares of protected lands.  

Learn more about this massive achievement here

ACA and ACT launch forest monitoring initiative in Colombia

Amazon Conservation, in collaboration with Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), has just posted MAAP #63: Patterns of Deforestation in the Colombian Amazon

We are excited to present this initial collaborative analysis of the Colombian Amazon, a work that reflects an important partnership with our colleagues at Amazon Conservation and their MAAP Project. It is MAAP’s first report in the more interactive "Story Map" format, incorporating ACT's expertise with regard to this platform.

This report has two objectives: 1) Illustrate the major deforestation hotspots in the Colombian Amazon between 2001 and 2015 and 2) Focus in on one of the most important hotspots, located in the Caquetá department.

Read the report here

 

ACT Field Notes

By: Isidoro Hazbun
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
María Patricia Navarrete Serna is the Program Coordinator for ACT’s large-scale project Connected Landscapes in a Fragua-Churumbelos Conservation Corridor in Colombia. We were able to interview her and learn more about her past work, her current projects, and why she enjoys working for the Amazon Conservation Team.
By: Minu Parahoe
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
In September 2015, Anna Nantawi and Ketoera Aparaka, two Trio indigenous women from Suriname’s remote rainforest interior, departed for Rajasthan, India to begin a six-month solar power installation training course to benefit their community. On March 15, 2016, the women finally returned to Suriname.
By: Minu Parahoe
Date: Sunday, March 27, 2016
Over five days in late January 2016, for ten villages along Suriname's upper Saramacca River populated by the nation’s Matawai Maroon community, the Avittiemauw Foundation and ACT led a workshop to enable the Matawai communities to continue their visualization of desired activities toward the proper development of their area.

ACT in the Press

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Publication: Revista Arcadia (November 2016)

En 1941, Richard Evan Schultes realizó su primer viaje a la Amazonía colombiana como investigador asociado de la Universidad de Harvard. Tras sus peregrinaciones alertó a la comunidad internacional de la destrucción de la selva amazónica y el exterminio de las comunidades indígenas de la región.

By: Monica Andrea Saavedra Crespo
Publication: El Mundo (September 2016)

Mediante la firma de un convenio entre la Gerencia Indígena de Antioquia de la Gobernación y la Agencia Nacional de Tierras se espera dar solución a las solicitudes de titulación, ampliación y construcción de resguardos indígenas en el departamento.

By: Lucía Franco
Publication: vice.com (September 2016)
Roberto Franco ––un politólogo de la Universidad de los Andes que trabajaba como antropólogo y que dedicó su vida a la preservación del medio ambiente, a las comunidades indígenas aisladas, a los campesinos, a causas no muy valoradas–– se subió el 6 de septiembre de 2014 a una avioneta en Araracuara, un pueblo que queda en el Caquetá, luego de pasar la mañana recogiéndole flores de Inirida a Patricia Vargas, su mujer.