TBI Colombia works with academic institutions, policy makers and local indigenous, afro-descendent and campesino communities to build capacity and carry out research programs that reflect the local perspectives and support the recognition, strengthening and protection of traditional knowledge related to conservation and the sound use of tropical forest.
Our programme works in the generation of information from a local perspective in order to improve the management of natural resources, and promote sound decision making and a fit political negotiation about the Amazon forest of Colombia. The programme particularly focuses on indigenous legislation, natural resources management plans in protected areas, community monitoring of the forest ecosystem, sustainability strategies of indigenous communities from an ecological and socioeconomic perspective, environmental services, climate change and food security. TBI Colombia does this by supporting and enhancing participatory monitoring and local research processes, by providing resources, guidance and analysis tools to local researchers, grants and by stimulating collaborative projects in the Colombian protected areas.
TBI’s Colombia main partners are the Alexander von Humboldt Institute Biological Resource Research Institute, CRIMA Regional Council for the Upper Amazon, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the National Natural Parks Special Unit, Sinchi Institute, the Ministry of Culture, Botanical Garden in Bogotá, Patrimonio Natural – Fund for the Diversity and Protected Areas, WWF Colombia, SENA National Training Services of Colombia, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and various national and international universities.
Since the beginning of the programme, in 1986, TBI Colombia has worked in the area of Araracuara in the Colombian Amazon. In 2001, work began in Amacayacu National Park and with several indigenous communities in and around this protected area. In 2009, TBI Colombia started working in La Paya National Park in the Putumayo Basin and other parks of the National Natural Park Special Unit of the Ministry of Environment. We have recently initiated projects in the bio-geographic Chocó region, the Caribbean and the Andean regions and therefore have nation-wide coverage.