Indigenous and Afro-Colombian women contributing to biodiversity conservation
As of: November 2020
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 Chocó region.
- Despite the COVID-19 pandemic the project could continue some of its activities between March and September 2020. For example, indigenous communities were strengthened to use technology and leaders empowered to carry out training activities, workshops, meetings and other activities within their communities. Furthermore, two 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 27 meetings on life plans and internal regulations have been held in the indigenous communities of Embera Dóbida, Emberá Eyábida, Embera Tule and Embera Senú. Here too, the methodological design was changed and adapted to the current situation.
- In addition, a meeting was held to strengthen the actors involved in ethnic protected areas (authorities of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities, partner institutions).
- An analysis of the needs of indigenous areas in terms of geographical information was started in order to create a general planning and management system based on geographical information for the indigenous communities of Antioquia.
- The project started to compile and revise the resolutions on reserves and information obtained through various projects of the organisation, as well as the decision of the major council of the Indigenous Organisation of Antioquia, in order to define the modalities of the process in the ICCA (Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas) registry.