Colombia Program

The nation of Colombia presents an enormous diversity of ecosystems and traditional societies, with a correspondingly large number of conservation opportunities. ACT’s work in the country thus employs multiple contextual strategies to protect biodiversity and strengthen indigenous culture in partnership with traditional communities.

Toward ecosystem protection, we have focused on the gradual formation of regional conservation and sustainable land use corridors, facilitated by the expansion of indigenous reserves, support for traditional agriculture and revised land zoning, and the establishment of novel categories of protected areas that provide for indigenous management and/or recognize locations of significant cultural importance. On the cultural end, we have met our indigenous colleagues’ desire for resources for intercultural youth education as well as support for associations of traditional healers, intergenerational knowledge transmission initiatives, and regional gatherings.

ACT Colombia Projects

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Building Protections for Isolated Indigenous Communities and Their Lands

Indigenous Reserve Expansions as Conservation Measures

Propagating Traditional Education Models

Protected Area Establishment and Community-Led Management

Reduction of Deforestation through Land Use Planning

Support for Unions of Traditional Healers

Supporting Indigenous Governance

Sustainable Production in the Andean Amazon

ACT Colombia Map Tour

View our ACT Colombia Map Tour to learn more and see where our projects are located.

ACT Colombia News

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016
From November 24 to December 1, 2016 the Week of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta took place in the Museum of the Caribbean in Barranquilla, Colombia. The event was organized by The Amazon Conservation Team, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Caribbean Cultural Park, to raise awareness on the importance of this unique ecosystem and the rights of its indigenous peoples.
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2016

Words from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, delivered by Luis Gilberto Murillo, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, at a launch event for "The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes", hosted by Banc

ACT Colombia Field Notes

By: Isidoro Hazbun
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Representatives of indigenous and campesino communities from the Colombian Amazon, with support from ACT staff, participated last year in shared learning activities related to the sustainable management and use of native timber trees.
By: Isidoro Hazbun
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
With support from ACT, members of the Curare – Los Ingleses indigenous reserve participated in their second mapping/GPS training workshop, in order to strengthen the community’s conservation monitoring program that seeks to protect their territory and that of indigenous isolated peoples.