Consolidation of the Colombian Amazon

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"The COAMA (Consolidation of the Colombian Amazon) programme was established in 1989 as a medium-term strategy for the Colombian Amazon. The primary has been to accompany the indigenous peoples in strengthening their cultural identity, recuperating their autonomy and preserving the tropical forest...

"As a working strategy for forest preservation through empowerment of indigenous peoples, COAMA was highlighted as an important and positive example in the 1999 Report "Our Forests, Our Future" (World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development). Also in 1999, the programme was honoured with the Right Livelihood Award from Sweden, and one of the founding NGOs, Gaia Amazonas, received Colombia's prestigious Award for Environmental Distinction.

"Financial support has come primarily through international cooperation from the European Commission and the Governments of Austria, Denmark and Holland. " [1]



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  1. History, COAMA, accessed December 11, 2011.