Colombia - Despite Facing Years of Armed Conflict, Peasant and Afro-Descendent Communities Conserve Mother Earth - Global Forest Coalition
The community of La Alsacia created their own autonomous Community Council

The community of La Alsacia created their own autonomous Community Council

Under this law, the community of La Alsacia created their own autonomous Community Council—a self-governed administration. They inhabit and protect a mountainous area of approximately 1,088 ha, of which 600 ha are destined for conservation.

Despite this law, they have suffered multiple forced displacements and threats from armed actors, drug traffickers, mining and petroleum companies who want access to the natural wealth of their territory.

Also, there are still armed confrontations near the village, and several communities have been subject to new threats. This is a common experience in Colombia, and disputes over land, mainly in Afro-descendant territories, are intensified by the rapid expansion of oil palm monocultures.


Photo by Jeanne Lieberman and CENSAT Agua Viva