Asociación de Capitanes Indígenas de Yaigojé Apaporis

An alliance of 21 indigenous communities, Asociación de Capitanes Indígenas de Yaigojé Apaporis has legally established its collective territory as a National Park. The association has succeeded in protecting a substantial area of forest and put natural resource management in the hands of resident indigenous communities. Developed to protect forests and community lands from multinational mining companies, the association focuses on traditional land management practices that balance the economic needs of forest-dependent communities with ecosystem restoration and wildlife conservation concerns.

A community-driven research program is ensuring that indigenous communities living on the margins of the Amazon of Yaigojé are gathering valuable environmental and wildlife data to better understand the ecological dynamics of the territory and how to advance sustainable livelihoods while also ensuring the health and functioning of forest ecosystems.


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2014

Founded: 1993

Location: Vaupés and Amazonas Departments, Colombia

Beneficiaries: 21 communities, 1,600 people

Area of Focus: Protection of indigenous ancestral Amazonian rainforest territories; documentation and implementation of holistic management practices


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Contact Information

Asociación de Capitanes Indígenas de Yaigojé Apaporis
c/o Nelson Ortiz, Gaia Amazonas
Languages: Spanish, English


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