Carmen Rodríguez has lived in Montes de María for many years, preserving the last fragments of the tropical dry forest. Under her leadership, families in the community are actively working on nature-based solutions such as fruit gardens, cocoa production, nurseries with native seeds of indigenous varieties of grains, eco-efficient stoves to reduce wood consumption, silvopastoral systems, beekeeping, and community tourism.
Protecting the forests of the Colombian Amazon, while improving the living conditions of the communities that inhabit them, is the mission of the Guardians of the Amazon. Specifically devoted to empowering indigenous women to not only participate in – but become leaders of – conservation and governance in their collective territories, Guardians of the Amazon are supported by the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.