Indigenous and Afro-Colombian women contributing to biodiversity conservation
As of: July 2021
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 north-western Colombia is implementing various measures to provide territorial control and management of the activities of indigenous communities in the region.
- The project has developed strategies to continue the work during the current COVID-19 pandemic. For example, indigenous communities were encouraged to use technologies. Also, nine indigenous environmental leaders have been recruited to host training activities, workshops, meetings, and other activities in their communities. To date, eight training workshops have been held in eight communities. Furthermore, three local guard meetings were held and fourteen workshops on life plans and internal regulations carried out. Life plans and internal regulations are planning strategies for land use that include ethnic approaches and aim at a sustainable use and management of ancestral territories.
- A total of 30 meetings on life plans and internal regulations have been held with the four indigenous peoples Embera Dóbida, Emberá Eyábida, Embera Tule and Embera Senú.
- The methodological design for the training workshops on women's empowerment and biodiversity conservation was developed.
- A preliminary dissemination strategy was prepared.
- An Indigenous Council meeting was held to present the preliminary results.
- The registration in the ICCA (Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas) registry was completed.
- The information needed to feed the geodatabase came from the work of professionals and workshops held in the communities.
- In addition, a meeting was held to strengthen the actors involved with ethnic protected areas (authorities of the indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities, partner institutions).