Families returning to their lands after nearly a decade of displacement find themselves in a new conflict between armed land grabbers and the community that stayed behind. They also find their land hurt by logging, mining, and clearing for agriculture, cattle ranching, and coca leaf production. Their rivers, once home to ancestral deities, are polluted.
A new project promises to help Afro-Colombian and indigenous landowners strengthen their land claims and improve natural resource management. The project in Chocó region, which holds a rainforest ecosystem and is one of the earth’s most biodiverse ecosystems, promises to reduce deforestation and forest degradation through carbon finance.