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Aso Manos Negra

Promoting Sustainable Development through Responsible and Equitable Natural Resource Management

Project Location
Various areas around Columbia

Their Mission

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.

Project with Cadasta

Project Location: Rural Afro-Colombian communities across Colombia, including the Pacific region, Caribbean, Cauca and Amazonia.

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.

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