Indigenous and afro-descendant women conserving biodiversity in north-western Colombia - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Indigenous and afro-descendant women conserving biodiversity in north-western Colombia

As of: July 2020

Objective and activities

The project will maintain biodiversity features in the northwestern part of Colombia (Chocó and Antioquia Dept), where diverse conservation figures interact: land of indigenous ethnic and Afro groups, the System of National Parks and other protected Areas of regional character, which are seriously threatened by various mining projects. It will focus on environmental land planning of indigenous reserves and their life plans and the implementation of sustainable production processes led by women, looking for the recovery of traditional knowledge. The project will also seek to strengthen partnerships with afro-colombian territories to improve management of the ethnic protected areas, while coordinating with national protected areas, to generate effective actions and conservation policies

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.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Asociación de Cabildos Indígenas y Autoridades Tradicionales de Antioquia – OIA

Partner institution(s):
  • Organisation of the Indigenous People of Antioquia (OIA) - Colombia, Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia, The Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP) - Peru

BMU grant:
961.332,00 €

06/2019  till  12/2021

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