In Defence of Life

In Defence of Life

  • Written on: 18 April 2016
  • Posted under: Videos

In Defence of Life follows the struggles and triumphs of four communities resisting large-scale mining projects in Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa and Romania. Courageous environmental and human rights defenders from these communities describe how they have suffered and why they are standing firm to protect their families, land, water...

Colombia in focus (II): Those opposing mining are considered terrorists

Colombia in focus (II): Those opposing mining are considered terrorists

 In part two of an extended interview, YLNM Coordinator Mariana Gomez and environmental and cultural governance expert Nelson Ortiz describe how mining companies come to regions of Colombia promising gold and money to the local groups, later leaving them with nothing. As a result, local communities in areas such as...

Colombia in focus: Mining, destroying and displacing indigenous people

Colombia in focus: Mining, destroying and displacing indigenous people

 In part one of an extended interview, YLNM Coordinator Mariana Gomez and environmental and cultural governance expert Nelson Ortiz describe how mining companies are impacting ecosystems and the lives of indigenous peoples in Colombia’s Yaigoje Apaporis region and in the country more broadly. They also discuss how communities have been...

Yaigojé-Apaporis: Colombian Constitutional Court decision to reject mining could change the history of the Amazon

Yaigojé-Apaporis: Colombian Constitutional Court decision to reject mining could change the history of the Amazon

After five years of legal uncertainty, the Colombian Constitutional court finally made clear that a National Park prevails over a mining title. A victory for nature and indigenous peoples and a precedent in defense of territory for communities all around the world! In our time of devastation in the natural...

Local researchers from YAIA receive the Equator Initiative Prize from UNDP in the Amazon

Local researchers from YAIA receive the Equator Initiative Prize from UNDP in the Amazon

Every two years, UNDP´s Equator Initiative Prize recognizes 26 initiatives led by local and indigenous authorities, which are examples of sustainability for people, nature and communities that promote environmental conservation and poverty reduction. Last year, the award was given to the group of local researchers YAIA (Yaigojé-Apaporis Investigadores Ambientales), who belong...