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The U'wa People of Colombia's Cloud Forests

The U'wa are a peaceful culture of more than 6,200 people who live in the remote Andes of northeastern Colombia, along the border with Venezuela. Both the U'wa and the cloud forest they inhabit are among the last of their kind in the world. However, the U'wa way of life is now jeopardized by oil, gas, and mining concessions.More »

Colombia’s U’wa – Two Decades Later, Fighting On

Colombia’s U’wa – Two Decades Later, Fighting On

April 17, 2014 | Blog Post

"We refuse to be silent and we are going to mobilize ourselves and once again engage in protest actions against the extraction of oil which will damage our Mother Earth."More »

Amazon in Focus 2013

Amazon in Focus 2013

Plus Our Annual Financial Report for 2012

Fall 2013 | Report

2013 follows a remarkable year for Amazon Watch and our partners in 2012: Talisman Energy and Conoco Phillips announced they would cease oil operations and leave the Peruvian Amazon; Belo Monte dam construction was significantly delayed in Brazil; and we celebrated the landmark decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) in favor of the Sarayaku community in Ecuador. More »

Amazon in Focus 2012: Celebrating 15 Years

Amazon in Focus 2012: Celebrating 15 Years

Plus Annual Financial Reports for 2010-2011

Fall 2012 | Report

This special 15th year anniversary issue of Amazon in Focus celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of our team, our indigenous partners, and you – our growing network of supporters who now number more than 165,000 and span 137 countries.More »

Colombia's Road to Extinction

Colombia's Road to Extinction

Current Threats Facing Colombian Indigenous Peoples

May 9, 2012 | Blog Post

Indigenous groups in Colombia continue to face unjust violence, colonization, dispossession of lands, displacement due to armed conflict and climate change, stunted recovery and development due to ethnic discrimination, forced assimilation, and cultural degradation.More »

Amazon Watch's 2012 Priorities

Amazon Watch's 2012 Priorities

Spring 2012 | Campaign Update

Learn more about the biggest issues facing the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous peoples in 2012 and how Amazon Watch is focusing on them.More »

Notes from Bogotá: The U'wa Solidarity Campaign

Notes from Bogotá: The U'wa Solidarity Campaign

February 24, 2012 | Blog Post

Claudia Cobaría of the U'wa relates the threats of oil and gas extraction to Mount Cocuy, "the lungs of water." "The snowcapped mountain is a source of life, the connection we U'wa have with the ocean and the rest of the planet."More »

Amazon in Focus 2011

Amazon in Focus 2011

A Year in the Struggle to Defend the Amazon

Fall 2011 | Report

Defending the Amazon is a defining battle of our time and has the potential to shift the balance towards justice, ecological balance and the recognition of our interdependence on nature and living systems. In this year's Amazon in Focus, we share stories from this struggle.More »

Photos from Our 2011 Annual Luncheon

Photos from Our 2011 Annual Luncheon

September 27, 2011 | Photo Gallery

This year's luncheon was a celebration of fifteen years of achievements for the people and rainforests of the Amazon.More »

Colombia's U'wa Face New Threats

U'wa Indigenous Group Confront New Threats to their Lives and Territory

January 2011 | Report

Known as "the people who speak", the U'wa are a peaceful Indigenous community of roughly 6,200 people who live in the cloud forest of northeastern Colombia, straddling the border with Venezuela. They have fought against oil development on their land for over 15 years. More »

U'wa Return to California

U'wa Return to California

September 30, 2010 | Photo Gallery

Colombian indigenous leaders from the U'wa people visited friends old and new in San Francisco and Los Angeles in late September of 2010.More »

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