Colombia’s indigenous Arhuaco awarded 500 hectares in ongoing bid to regain ancestral lands

Arhuaco children in their village in the heart of the Colombian forest. Photo by Bram Ebus for Mongabay.

Valledupar, Colombia – Although the Arhuaco indigenous peoples of Colombia’s coastal mountain range — the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta — are known for their century-long track record of environmental protection, their cultural survival and preservation of the mountain ecosystems are at risk. A new initiative that looks to preserve biodiversity and replant forests under indigenous control could help turn the tide, though.

Read my article for Mongabay.

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