The Apaporis river by Gaia Amazonas

Colombia Yaigoje Apaporis

The forests, rivers and staggering biodiveristy of the Yaigojé Apaporis are sacred to the many indigenous groups who live there. Now a national park, it is managed by these communities using their invaluable knowledge

A sacred site deep in the Colombian Amazon

Since 2008, Rainforest Concern has worked in partnership with Gaia Amazonas to safe guard the Yaigojé Apaporis forests and obtain legal recognition of ancestral indigenous land.

A hotspot for both biological and cultural diversity, the Yaigojé Apaporis remains a pristine wilderness. It is located deep in the Colombian Amazon close to the Brazilian border and is the third largest national park in Colombia at around 1.1 million hectares. It was created at the request of indigenous communities to further protect both the forest and the natural resources in the sub-soil from the threat of mining concessions. The park is managed by the indigenous communities who use their vast knowledge to preserve this area of Amazon rainforest.

Rainforest Concern continues to work with Gaia Amazonas supporting the visionary Triple A corridor project and helping to safeguard the Yuruparí macroterritory from extractive industries.

An indigenous ceremony for the spirits of wwater and the guardians of seeds. By Gaia Amazonas

Yaigojé Apaporis is the traditional territory of the Makuna, Tanimuka, Tuyuca, Cabiyari and Letuama peoples. They live in reciprocity with the forest, considering themselves part of nature, and cultivate a strong, spiritual connection with their surroundings through meditation and shamanic rituals.

Triple A corridor project

Gaia Amazonas and the Triple A corridor project

Aaa Corridor 8 Blocks

An initiative to create the world's biggest biological corridor in the Amazon which will span eight nations.

We are entering our real education: where we came from, where we received the sacred elements to care for our territory, how to bring up our children, how to care for our gardens.

Guillermo Rodriguez of the Majiña ethnic group

Safeguarding the Yuruparí Territory

The ancestral territories, or Macroterritory, of the Peoples of the Jaguar Shaman of the Yuruparí is legally protected through resguardos and national parks covering around 6 million hectares.

However, illegal gold mining there is undermining the health and well being of the forest and people, and legal action by Canadian mining company COSIGO is threatening both the natural and human rights in the territory.

Rainforest Concern is supporting Gaia Amazonas in defending the rights of the Yuruparí peoples and strengthening the legal defence of the territory.

2 Encuentro M Acroterritorial Oct2020
Macroterritorial meeting

Indigenous authorities from the Yuruparí territory and teams from Gaia Amazonas work on a legal defence of their territory and their rights to prior, free and informed consent