12 Apr '18, 1pm

'The most important thing that has happened to the indigenous Amazonians in 30 years'

The Columbian government has signed a decree that ensures indigenous communities in the Amazon will now enjoy local governance over their territories - 30 years after they first received legal title to their lands. Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian president, signed a Decree of Non-Municipalized Areas in the presence of local indigenous leaders and Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway in the Amazon city of Leticia. Martin von Hildebrand is founder of Gaia Amazonas and has devoted his life to the protection of the Colombian Amazon, working for more than 45 years alongside indigenous groups for the recognition of their rights. He said: “This is the most important thing that has happened to the indigenous Amazonians in 30 years." System of governance The decree strengthens the autonomy of indigenous peoples of Guainía, Vaupés and Amazonas - three political-administrativ...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/apr/12/most-important-thing...

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