Mapiripán, Meta

Mapiripán, Meta

Founded in 2015, the Mapiripán Association in Defense of the Environment (Asodeamapi) is a community group that works to protect their lands and sustainable farming practices from the large palm oil plantations. The collective includes indigenous and small-scale farmers. They began to organize against the palm oil company Poligrow when it was planning to install a plant to extract the native palm oil from the Las Toninas lake region, trees that are endemic to the Amazon. Since their founding, Asodeamapi has succeeded in declaring 3 ecological reserves to protect the native forests. They also plan nature walks to help recognize and study the local biodiversity. In the municipality, they have done advocacy with institutions and schools, as well as education campaigns for other local farmers.

 

Read more about our recent trip to Mapiripán here.