September 6, 2006
Indigenous leaders ask for help to save the “Heart of the World”
Leaders of the Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo indigenous communities from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains of northern Colombia today visited the IDB to disseminate their message to save the global environment. They also asked for support to create a fund to recover their traditional territory, which they believe to be the “Heart of the World.”
The proposal for the fund originated with the Sierra’s indigenous organizations and the groups’ spiritual leaders. It has received the backing of the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Development Programme.