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Patricia Henao Saavedra

country director
phenao@pactworld.org

Diana Muratova

deputy director
dmuratova@pactworld.org

In Brazil, as well as in Colombia, Suriname, Guyana and Peru, Pact is supporting indigenous people's organizations to increase their influence in the governance of the Amazon region, with the goal of protecting indigenous people's rights and the environment in the Amazon rainforest. 

We are working to reduce the negative impacts of economic development, including infrastructure projects and extractive activities, on Amazon forests and water resources. Through evidence-based programming, an emphasis on learning by doing and adapted, culturally relevant capacity development tools, Pact is building the capacities of indigenous organizations to access and manage financial resources and take ownership of their own development planning and priorities.

Stories and Highlights

UMIAB’s first virtual general assembly, in which more than 60 indigenous women gathered to elect the new organization’s board. (Credit: Instituto Internacional de Educaçao do Brasil)

“Virtual touches”: Five ways technology is helping indigenous organizations mobilize in the Amazon

March 11, 2021
Like many other indigenous leaders in the time of Covid-19, Telma Taurepang sees the virtual world as the best way to mobilize and stay in touch – and sometimes the only way. Being able to “see” each...
Photo: Telma Taurepang

In the Brazilian Amazon, Telma Taurepang inspires indigenous women to fight for their land and rights

March 1, 2021
Telma Taurepang comes from a long line of activists. She lives in the Brazilian state of Roraima, in the Amazonian region of Amajari, where her family has fought for decades for the demarcation...

Pact local partner holds first virtual assembly of Amazonian indigenous women across Brazil

December 29, 2020
To protect their communities from Covid-19, indigenous peoples in the Amazon have had to find alternative ways to stay in touch to continue to advocate for their territories and rights. The women...
Cañón de las Guacamayas in Araracuara, Colombia

International Human Rights Day and land governance: A key indigenous right

December 10, 2020
By the SCIOA project team Indigenous communities have a spiritual connection with their territories that is reflected culturally and economically. Land bonds because it allows a collective sense of...

International Day of Rural Women: Empowering women-led indigenous organizations in the Amazon

October 15, 2020
Historically, our world has been one dominated by men. For much of history, for example, the right to own property wasn’t afforded to women. Today, around the world, women continue to face...

Raising the voices of indigenous organizations across the Amazon region

August 5, 2020
“Indigenous women need autonomy, a voice and a light.” This is how Telma Taurepang describes the challenges that her community has long faced. She serves as coordinator for União das Mulheres...