Categories Colombia, Council, Latin America, People

Luis Guillermo Izquierdo

Regional representative for Latin America

Based in Colombia. Luis Guillermo belongs to the Indigenous Arhuaco People, one of the four Indigenous peoples of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. He is a sociologist and candidate for a master’s degree in development planning at the Universidad Santo Tomás in Bogotá. Through his organizational and political work carried out with the ICCA Consortium Member Confederación Indígena Tayrona (Tayrona Indigenous Confederation, CIT) and the Asociación de Autoridades Arhuacas de la Sierra (Association of Arhuaco Authorities of the Sierra, ASOCIT), he has contributed to the recognition of his ancestral territory as an ICCA-territory of life. As a delegate of the Arhuaco People, he participated in the creation of the ICCA Colombia Network; he has actively participated in the drafting and implementation of the internal norms and action plan of the ICCA Colombia Network; and he accompanied and supported the process of self-recognition and ICCA registration of the Arhuaco communities of Gun Aruwun, Ikarwa, and Seykun. Currently, he is an active member of the Coordinating Committee of the ICCA Colombia Network through which he works for the recognition, strengthening, and defense of the territories of Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, and small-scale farmers in Colombia as ICCAs-territories of life.