Colombia - Despite Facing Years of Armed Conflict, Peasant and Afro-Descendent Communities Conserve Mother Earth - Global Forest Coalition
School Children from La Alsacia

School Children from La Alsacia

Decades of armed conflict have seriously impacted communities’ capacity to conserve their territories. The most common reaction has been the displacement and abandonment of territories, and Colombia has more internally displaced persons that any other country (7.4 million in 2016). Parents have restricted the places that children and young people can travel to, and there are problems with anti-personnel mines in some places. All this has contributed to a loss of knowledge about territories. This is a fundamental problem, as it is difficult to appreciate and defend something not well known. Knowledge about territories needs to be revived.

Popular education is seen as an important strategy to help communities recover part of their culture and assets, and identify what has been or is being imposed on them.

Photo by Jeanne Lieberman and CENSAT Agua Viva