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Diana Muratova

deputy director

In Suriname, as well as in Colombia, Peru, Guyana and Brazil, 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

With capacity development, an indigenous community in Suriname gains skills, leaders to defend its Amazon territory

January 19, 2023
Throughout the Amazon basin, indigenous peoples are an essential component to safeguard the region’s sustainability and future. Many Amazon territories are under the jurisdiction of the reservations...

With proper waste management, indigenous communities in Suriname safeguard their home, the Amazon

September 7, 2022
In the Surinamese Amazon, the Christiaankondre and Langamankondre indigenous communities of the Kali'na people live in harmony. Historically, they have protected the environmental wealth of the...

In remote Suriname, an indigenous village fights to preserve its past, improve its future

July 18, 2022
In the far south of Suriname, in the middle of the country's virgin Amazon rainforest, is the small village of Pëlëlu Tëpu, where only 500 people belonging to the Trío indigenous people live. Among...

In the Amazon, a climate linchpin, Pact’s Vanessa Coronado builds indigenous capacity to protect rights, the environment

March 7, 2022
It was late 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic had been halting life around the world for months. The Amazon region was no exception, but Pact’s team and local partners there were determined to not let...
A discussion during the "Set a link fu kraka makandra" workshop. Credit: SCIOA

Indigenous youth in Suriname learn to raise their voices for their people

October 20, 2021
At 21, Robin Sabajo has seen it time and again among his peers in their village of Matta, in northern Suriname: Faced with many challenges – no nearby high schools to offer educational opportunities...
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...