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, August 9, 2016
Herederos de la Boa is a short documentary film that highlights the cultural richness of the Murui-Muina people of the Puerto Sabalo – Los Monos indigenous reserve of the Colombian Amazon.
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016
After years of planning, designing, acquiring materials, developing infrastructure, laying and burying 1,200 meters of pipe, and testing water quality and functionality, the seemingly impossible was achieved.
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016
'3000 Rivers’ is a multimedia opera that reflects on the accelerated environmental destruction that occurs in the tropical forests of the Colombian and Brazilian Amazon, the Pacific Coast and the Andes Mountains. The piece is based on field work carried out in these ecosystems over the past four years and reveals the reality of the negative environmental and social impacts through the testimony of its inhabitants.