Yaigojé Apaporis - Traditional Knowledge at the Heart of Protecting the Colombian Amazon

Yaigojé Apaporis is the local name for a one million hectare stretch of Amazon forest, and the traditional territory of the Makuna, Tanimuka, Tuyuca, Cabiyari and Letuama who live there. It is a haven for jaguars, giant ant-eaters, squirrel monkeys and pink dolphins, and is dotted with sacred sites such as, Yuisi, where the river cascades over rocks, forming rapids. And until recently it was untouched by the industrial world! When Colombia opened the floodgates to mining concessions in the Amazon, in the last decade, the local indigenous communities asked for a National Park to be established – to stop mining in their territory. Now part of the national system of protected areas, Yaigojé Apaporis is managed by the indigenous communities and the work of young community researchers ... read more
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