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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

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New Highway Brings Deforestation Near Two Colombian National Parks

New Highway Brings Deforestation Near Two Colombian National Parks

Critics say a proposed internationally-financed road to connect Venezuela and Ecuador through Colombia could bring deforestation and industrial development to regions important for indigenous cultural heritage, ecology, and biodiversity

June 21, 2017Mongabay

In the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, on its border with Peru, indigenous communities have been denouncing what they say is an uncontrolled onslaught of illegal logging and hunting.

Berito's Vision

Berito's Vision

How the Goldman Prize Bolstered the U'wa Struggle for Territorial Rights

February 17, 2017

If UNESCO designated people as World Heritage sites, Berito Kuwaru'wa would be a leading candidate. On one hand, he personifies the beautiful and poetic U'wa view of the world, deeply connected to the original laws of nature. On the other, he is a unique and visionary human being, with an innate charisma through which he has bridged cultures and inspired global support for the U'wa struggle.

Colombia's U'wa Still Teaching Us How To Resist

Colombia's U'wa Still Teaching Us How To Resist

January 30, 2017

The U'wa consider themselves the guardians of their sacred ancestral homeland. In accordance with their natural laws, for centuries they have successfully defended their territory high in the Andean cloud forests.

Beautiful Solidarity: Our Historic Visit to U'wa Sacred Territory

Beautiful Solidarity: Our Historic Visit to U'wa Sacred Territory

December 1, 2016

At Amazon Watch we are extremely proud of the relationship of solidarity we have built with the U’wa, who continue to amaze and inspire us.

Will Colombia's Peace Process Have an Environmental Dark Side?

Will Colombia's Peace Process Have an Environmental Dark Side?

November 16, 2016

For the majority of Colombians, and for those who have worked on human rights in Colombia, the conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions can't end soon enough.

Portraits of Resistance: Inside the Peaceful U'wa Uprising

Portraits of Resistance: Inside the Peaceful U'wa Uprising

September 26, 2016

Peace is more than the silencing of guns, and that the peace accord will not address all sources of violence in the conflict. To that end, we share with you this guest blog from Bogota-based activists working with our partners of the U'wa Nation in Colombia, recounting the U'wa's recent struggle to recover their ancestral territory from oil drilling.

Global Solidarity from the Amazon to Standing Rock

Global Solidarity from the Amazon to Standing Rock

September 22, 2016

The Sioux fight is representative of other fights around the globe. If Standing Rock wins this, we will win other fights for social and environmental justice. We all need to work together to build this global justice movement around the globe.

Defend the Sacred: Making Indigenous Sacred Sites "No Go" Zones for Extractive Industries

Defend the Sacred: Making Indigenous Sacred Sites "No Go" Zones for Extractive Industries

September 8, 2016

"Whatever fine print comes out of the World Conservation Congress, Amazonian indigenous women will continue to protect our Living Forest." Paty Gualinga, the powerful spokeswoman from Ecuador's Kichwa indigenous community of Sarayaku, inspired the attendees at one of the world's largest gatherings of environmental organizations and governments.

Conservation Efforts Are Still Violating Indigenous Rights

Conservation Efforts Are Still Violating Indigenous Rights

August 30, 2016

With the recent centennial of the National Park Service, we've seen much publicity in favor of national parks within the United States. The idea of natural protected areas is viewed as a general good among popular opinion. Who could be opposed to the conservation of nature?

Historic Gathering of Indigenous Leaders Champion "No Go" Areas for Sacred Sites at IUCN World Conservation Congress

August 24, 2016

A delegation of 25 powerful indigenous leaders from around the world will attend the quadrennial IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Honolulu, Hawai'i, from September 1 to 10. The WCC is the world's largest recurring conservation event attended by government, corporate, nonprofit and academic leaders, among its many influencers.

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Amplify! A Celebration of Voices from the Amazon

On September 27th, 2017 Amazon Watch will hold its annual gala in San Francisco at the Bently Reserve.

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