Indigenous and Afro-Colombian women contributing to biodiversity conservation
As of: August 2020
Objective and activities
Many indigenous and Afro-Colombian groups live in the departments of Chocó and Antioquia in the biodiversity-rich northwest region of Colombia. National and regional protected areas there are particularly exposed to pressure from the mining industry. The project therefore supports the development of land use planning strategies for indigenous territories, strengthens community production systems and identifies opportunities for the sustainable use of biodiversity, particularly in the case of women. Traditional knowledge is thus preserved and made more valuable for the departments’ inhabitants. The project also trains and strengthens indigenous people, who can then exercise their territorial rights and become more involved in decision-making processes. The interaction between nature reserves and areas managed by indigenous and Afro-Colombian groups is also supported, contributing to the exploitation of synergies and the sustainable development of the region./
State of implementation/results
- The project in the north-west of Colombia is carrying out different actions in favor of territorial control and management of the activities carried out by the indigenous communities located in the Chocobiogeographic.
- Life plans and internal regulations are land-use planning strategies including ethnic approaches, where sustainable land management is sought to use and manage ancestral territories in a sustainable manner. Therefore, several workshops on life plans and internal regulations have been carried out in the indigenous communities of Embera Dóbida, Emberá Eyábida, Embera Tule, Embera senú. – Furthermore, a meeting aimed at strengthening stakeholders involved with ethnic conservation areas was carried out (indigenous and black communities’ authorities, partner institutions).
- Work was also begun on the diagnosis of the needs of indigenous territories in terms of geographical information with a view to establishing a general planning and management system based on geographical information for the indigenous communities of Antioquia.
- Additionally, the project started with the compilation and revision of the resolutions on reservations and information obtained through various projects of the organization, as well as the consensus of the major council of the indigenous organization of Antioquia, in order to establish the terms of the process in the ICCA (Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas) registry.