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Our Partners

Our initiative emphasizes the creation of networks and strengthened collaboration between universities, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, government institutions, the public and the establishment of a critical mass of general support for the conservation of biodiversity in the Colombian Amazon.

The list of contributors of our program is long! For more information on how your institution or organization can become a member of the initiative, please contact:

Conservation International

cons intConservation International-Colombia promotes actions that contribute to the conservation of biodiversity in the lower Apaporis and Caquetá rivers along with strengthening the capacity of indigenous and non-indigenous organizations in the region. CI has been able to strengthen local actions and improve strategies for biodiversity conservation through research, environmental education, local capacity building and the implementation of economic incentives. For more information:

Organización para la Educación y Protección Ambiental

opepaOpEPA works reconnecting children and youth with nature and encouraging them to act in an environmentally responsible manner. They have worked  in all biogeographic regions of Colombia educating people and leading the formation of young environmental leaders and action groups. In the Amazon, OpEPA is currently working with two Ecoclubes that have been formed in the communities of Amacayacú and Nazareth. For more information:

Fondo Acción

fondo accionFondo Acción was created in 2000 and is a non-governmental, non-profit, private organization. It is focused on building a better relationship between the community and the environment and supporting processes of child development, by funding projects designed and implemented by civil society organizations. The purpose of these projects is to generate significant and sustainable changes in Colombian society. For more information:

U.S. Department of the Interior

DoIThe International Assistance Program of the Department of the Interior of the United States (DOI-ITAP) facilitates and promotes the strengthening of governments, indigenous organizations, and civil society in partner countries to improve: the implementation of best practices for the management of extractive activities, law enforcement, and management of GIS data for decision-making.  These activities are aimed at improving the long-term sustainability of natural resources and adaptation to climate change in the Andean Amazon region, and better management of indigenous territories, protected areas and wild fauna. For more information:

Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt

humboldtCreated in 1993, the Instituto de Investigacion de Recursos Biologicos Alexander von Humboldt is the investigative arm of biodiversity in the Sistema Nacional Ambiental of Colombia (National Environmental System-SINA). The Institute is a civil non-profit corporation, linked to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS). It coordinates the National Biodiversity Information System and the establishment of a national inventory of biodiversity. Its mission is to promote, coordinate, and conduct research that contributes to knowledge, conservation, and sustainable use of biodiversity for the development and welfare of the Colombian people. For more information:

Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia

parq nacioThe National Natural Parks of Colombia, created in 1998, manages areas of the National Parks System and coordinates the National System of Protected Areas, with the purpose of in situ conservation of biodiversity and representative ecosystems. National Natural Parks provides and maintains environmental goods and services, protects cultural heritage and natural habitats where traditional cultures as part of Colombia’s National Heritage.  National Natrual Parks contribute to sustainable human development, under the principles of transparency, solidarity, equity, participation and respect for cultural diversity. For more information:


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

ftbgThis botanical garden is committed to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. Internationally, it is widely recognized as a leader in the development of education and conservation activities. FTBG currently has programs in more than 20 countries, and supports protected areas in Madagascar and Africa, and botanic garden development in Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Additionally, Fairchild has one of the largest collections in the world of biological palms and cycads. This year FTBG had close to 100,000 students in its “Fairchild Challenge, Explorer and Discovery” programs and over 3,000 adults will be participating in continuing education courses. For more information:

Patrimonio Natural

Picture1Patrimonio Natural is a Colombian fund that invests strategically in the conservation of natural areas of the country and the services they provide. Its purpose is to work together with its public and private partners towards more sustainable long term interventions in natural areas. For more information:

The Field Museum

the-field-museum-logo-200The Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) is an institution committed to educating a wide audience on issues of diversity and its relationship with human cultures in order to promote understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. It relies on collections of research and learning, and training and research programs aimed at an audience of varying ages, life histories, and education levels. The museum has a multidisciplinary approach, combining the fields of anthropology, botany, geology, paleontology and zoology, to promote the construction of knowledge about the past, present, and future of the world as well as plants, animals, communities and cultures. Fulfilling this purpose, this institution seeks to improve understanding and promote respect for cultural and biological diversity. For more information:

World Wildlife Fund

wwfWWF is one of the largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with presence in 100 countries and the support of five million people around the world. WWF It seeks to develop national programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation, including the establishment of national baselines and effective monitoring programs, and implement legal and institutional frameworks to allow compensation for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation through the REDD program. For more information:


Fundación Omacha

fund omachaThe Fundación Omacha The Fundacion Omacha is an NGO established in order to study, research, and conserve wildlife in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in Colombia. Omacha’s work seeks to create strategies for conservation, and proper use of land and water resources for communities living in areas where the organization has a presence. These strategies are designed so as to encourage active participation of local communities and government agencies in the area and, thus be co-managers and participants in conservation processes. For more information:

Tropenbos International


TBI Colombia works with academic institutions, policy makers and local indigenous, afro-descendent and peasant 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. The program 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. For more information:

The Amazon Conservation Team

ACT logoThe Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) Colombia in a non-profit organization that since 1998 has been working with indigenous and peasant communities in order to conserve the biological and cultural diversity of the Amazon with a focus in the Caqueta and Putumayo Rivers basin. Their main work deals with participatory actions with local communities to achieve the following goals: 1. Conserve or restore forests that are protected and managed sustainably and are connected to each other 2. Indigenous amazonian communities with guarantees for the strengthening their traditional culture and their relationship with the land and to prepare them to be able to respond to intercultural context in which they live in. 3. Peasant and non-amazonian indigenous communities with the opportunities and capacities to be able to sustainably manage their territory. For more information:

Higher Education for Development

hed_logoHigher Education for Development (HED) works in close partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and operates with the advice and counsel of the six major U.S. higher education associations to support the engagement of higher education in development issues worldwide. HED manages innovative partnerships that join U.S. colleges and universities with institutions of higher learning in developing nations. In this way, they support and facilitate the engagement of U.S. higher education in global development. For more information:

 Iniciativa para la Conservación en la Amazonia Andina- ICAA


USAID, and in particular the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA) program, is a key player in the conservation of the biodiversity in the Amazon region. For over 20 years, USAID has been supporting the creation of new protected areas that have novel mechanisms for sharing responsibility for environmental governance. USAID also has generated increased local capacity to conserve and minimize damage to natural resources, has assured qualifications and tenure of thousands of hectares to indigenous peoples, and has provided real economic alternatives such as sustainable forest management, ecotourism, and certification of forest products. Throughout its history, USAID programs have worked closely with government agencies, as counterparts to strengthen environmental management.

This current phase of ICAA is the program’s second phase and takes place between 2011 and 2016. Its goal is to preserve the Amazon biome in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. To this end, ICAA has the following objectives: 1) to contribute to reducing the rate of deforestation and biodiversity loss, 2) ensuring that key aspects of natural resource governance function more effectively, and 3) improve the quality and sustainability of the livelihoods of the Amazonian populations. For more information: