Gaia Amazonas, a place for sharing discoveries
Gaia Amazonas Foundation celebrates 20 years of hard work in protecting the rights of indigenous peoples in the Colombian Amazon.
Bogotá, March 2011. With the aim of sharing results from 20 years work in the Colombian Amazon, which have guaranteed and protected indigenous peoples’ rights and contributed to conserving the Amazon ecosystem, Gaia Amazon now presents a new portal for allies, friends, funders and those interested in indigenous people and the Amazon region in general.
At this critical time for the planet, this organization feels obliged to hand over to the world its findings and learnings. Climate change has forced humanity to look at ecosystems in another way, and in this new perspective the Amazon region receives special attention from the international community.
“Within this framework a communications strategy has been designed for Gaia Amazonas, which sees new technologie as the best way to achieve a flow of information”, says Wendy Arenas, Director of Alisos, an organization that has accompanied Gaia Amazonas in the process of changing its image and developing a new communications strategy for its different interest groups.
The Gaia Amazonas portal seeks to respond better to the needs of today’s citizens who are characterized as being producers and seekers of specialized, current, relevant and easily-accessible information. From today, it will be the main axis for this organization’s communications strategy; above all, for knowledge that is produced in the Colombian Amazon. It will include elements to make it a source of ongoing consultation by students, teachers, scientists, journalists and interested others in this area.
As Martín von Hildebrand, philosopher and anthropologist, Director of Gaia Amazonas, a little more than 20 years ago Colombia understood that it was important for the country and for humanity to recognize the knowledge of indigenous people, given that they have managed to conserve the territoirres in which they live for thousands of years.
“Thanks to this environmental policy, which started in the Barco administration, Colombia has 24 million hectares being governed by indigenous people. Later, the 1991 Constitution recognised the right of indigenous people to organize their own local governments and administrate their territories, and from then onwards they have advanced in this governance which benefits Colombia and humanity”, he explains.
Highlighting the knowledge of indigenous people and consolidating in their hands the governance and conservation of their territories, is part of the mission of Gaia Amazonas and will be reflected in this portal.
Ángela Constanza Jerez
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