Promoting Sustainable Development through Responsible and Equitable Natural Resource Management
Various areas around Columbia
Aso Manos Negra, The Association for the Defense of the Environment and Black Culture, is a female run non-profit organization that was founded in 1996 to promote the economic and environmental sustainability of Afro-Colombians across Colombia, with special focus on the Pacific region.
In need of a digital tool to document community land claims, and to track the process of formalization of community lands, Aso Manos Negra partnered with Cadasta. Following a short in-person training, Aso Manos Negra collected data on women’s economic activities and land use from 3,400 households in 17 communities. The group plans to use the data to monitor and empower women to protect their natural resources from illegal activities, and to promote the sustainable use of community resources.
“Cadasta is respectful of the principles of our organizations and processes and beyond the technical exercise, we have received good and friendly support.”
“The Cadasta Platform has been useful for us to structure the relevant information, identify the resources and communities needed in the process in a timely way, and make our work visible to help manage our projects.”
“The ability to let people know what we do and manage the privacy and confidentiality of our, and also the fact that the platform is free, otherwise we could not afford to access these kind of resources.”