RESILIENT TERRITORIES IN THE ECUADORIAN AMAZON

The support to the indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon starts from the recognition and revaluation of their traditional knowledge systems that still exist in the territories. We understand that this knowledge is the greatest potential for communities to be resilient; in other words, to generate collective, autonomous, creative processes that, when integrated into all aspects of community life, will allow them to resist, face, reverse, reduce and even eliminate the adversities that historically have threaten their existence as peoples and with it, life of the Amazon rainforest.

We believe that collective reflection and the recognition of cultural-spiritual potentials are indispensable steps for the present generations to recover and revitalize their ways of life, so that their sense of belonging and connection to their territory can be strengthened from their own cosmovision, which are engraved in their ways of communicating, of healing, of taking care of themselves, of interacting with nature.

Conscious of the interference that education has in the development of a resilient thought, Sacha Warmi’s proposal leans towards the expansion and discernment the communities’ knowledge and capacities, to handle the consequences caused by climate changes and other global changes. It is therefore a matter of generating educational and communicative processes that help us to identify the tools and strengths of the communities. That way, we believe that we are able to contribute towards managing unexpected events and crises, in addition to those that constantly violate the cultural identity and the autonomy of the territories. From this perspective, with the active participation of the communities, especially the youth, it is our commitment to provide the conceptual and organizational tools to find, from an intercultural perspective, alternatives for the development of the peoples, in order to generate transformation processes, for a dignified life and to honour life in all its expressions.


  1. La resiliencia es la capacidad que tiene una persona o un grupo de recuperarse frente a la adversidad para seguir proyectando el futuro. En ocasiones, las circunstancias difíciles o los traumas permiten desarrollar recursos que se encontraban latentes y que el individuo desconocía hasta el momento.
  2. Referente a la ontología: La ontología es una parte o rama de la filosofía que estudia la naturaleza del ser, la existencia y la realidad, tratando de determinar las categorías fundamentales y las relaciones del “ser en cuanto ser”.
Victoria is a biologist by training, with experience in etnobiology and more specifically etnobotany. She is a specialist and teacherin rural development. With values and ethical principles applied toward revitalizing traditional wisdom, knowledge and practices in the communities, which she has been involved with. Victoria is convinced by the importance of the holistic knowledge and cultural values of indigenous people, as a guiding principle for the conservation of nature. She is very thankful to the Nasa community from the Andes Mountains in Southwest Colombia, with whom she has learned about fight and gain political strength for the permanence of indigenous community.