Mataven Jungle Indigenous Guardianship Project

Unifying Indigenous Communities to Protect Biodiversity and Preserve Cultural Heritage in Colombia


Empowering Indigenous communities to work together to nurture the land’s resilience and protect ecosystems

The Unified Indigenous Reserve of the Mataven Jungle Project (Resguardo Indígena Unificado–Selva de Mataven) is an important initiative rooted in indigenous wisdom and sustainability. Situated amidst the captivating landscapes of Colombia’s eastern high plains, this Indigenous Reservation serves as a vital bridge between the expansive savannas of the Orinoco and the dense forests of the Amazon. Within this ecological junction, a dedicated community works to establish an integrated management system, nurturing the land’s resilience and preserving its cultural heritage for future generations.

The project’s mission is to combat deforestation and degradation while adhering to the rigorous standards of the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Through inclusive processes, the project empowers local communities to protect their ecosystems and benefit from the services they provide. Together, they stand as guardians against environmental threats, ensuring the enduring vitality of the Mataven jungle.

Project Status:

VCS Registered


Department of Vichada – Colombia


1,856,836 Hectares

Project Type:

Agriculture Forestry and Other Land Use

Estimated Annual Emissions Reductions

3,622,352 tonnes CO2

Crediting Period Term

01/01/2013 – 31/12/2042

Community Impact:

Improving the quality of life and access to health for 15,943 Indigenous people

Climate Benefits and Community Impact

The project provides biodiversity benefits by restoring and protecting degraded ecosystems together with sustainable co-benefits for the local communities and is certified to Verra’s Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS).


1,150,212 hectares of tropical forests are being protected from deforestation in the Unified Indigenous Reserve of the Mataven Jungle, thus avoiding emitting an average of 3,622,352 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere annually, while conserving its biodiversity and improving the quality of life of its Indigenous inhabitants.


As well as directly improving the quality of life for 15,943 Indigenous peoples, this project has secured better nutrition and health outcomes through the installation of clean water facilities for 3,591 Indigenous families, improved access to education and apprenticeships for 6,670 Indigenous children and empowering the participation of 7,603 women and girls.


The project is run through an association formed by Councils and Traditional Authorities of 17 indigenous groups that make up the Unified Indigenous Reservation of Mataven Jungle (ACATISEMA, 2010)The main objective of the Association is to foster the integral development, social and cultural preservation of the indigenous communities in the Mataven Jungle together with the defence, conservation and preservation of the environment and biodiversity of the Mataven Jungle.


Verification: This project is verified by the Verified Carbon Standard and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard.


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The protection of this project helps participate in several of the United Nations Sustainability Goals

GOAL 3 – Good Health and Well-Being

GOAL 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 15 –  Life on Land

GOAL 4 – Quality Education for All

GOAL 9 – Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 13 – Climate Action



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Eric currently works as an independent consultant at the intersection of nature and climate, focused on catalysing market and non-market solutions to drive the just transition.

He previously was Head of Product at Earthshot Labs, supporting nature conservation and restoration projects across the global south secure project finance. Prior to Earthshot Labs, Eric led nature-based carbon project development for Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique and founded the Carbon Cooperative, a global alliance of leading nature conservation and restoration practitioners exploring carbon finance. After serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique out of university, he spent much of his 20s working in community-based conservation and ecosystem restoration efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa interspersed with two startup ventures as co-founder and CEO of a mental health tech startup and COO of a sustainable coffee company. Eric has a dual Masters in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Policy from Stanford University where he was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University.

Alan is a risk management thought-leader, superconnector, and FinTech pioneer. His mission is to enable an Earth Positive economy which includes nature in global accounting systems.

Alan is Founder of Generation Blue, a venture studio dedicated to planetary game changers powered by exponential technologies. Previously, Alan established Natural Capital Markets at Lykke AG, pioneering blockchain based forestry and carbon backed tokens. Alan has over two decades of risk management experience advising global financial institutions, and was a founding member of the RiskMetrics Group, a JPMorgan spin-off. Alan is an investor and advisor to regenerative impact ventures, including TreeBuddy.Earth, Regenativ, and Vlinder Climate.

Lori Whitecalf made history when she became the first woman to be elected Chief of Sweetgrass First Nation in 2011. She served three terms of office from 2011-2017.  

Lori took a two-year hiatus from leadership to expand the family ranch and serve as the FSIN Senior Industry Liaison. She was re-elected on November 29. 2019 and again on November 30, 2021, as Chief of Sweetgrass. Chief Whitecalf practises a traditional lifestyle of hunting, fishing and gathering. She currently sits on the following boards: Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology, FSIN Lands and Resource Commission, Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre and Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs Executive Council, FSIN Women’s Commission.

Tina is the Chief Business Officer for MLTC Industrial Investments, the Economic Development arm of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. She has a diverse background of experience. Having spent 15 years as a municipal Chief Operating Officer, 20 years involved in Saskatchewan’s Health Authority Board Keewatin Yatthe and 9 years with Northern Lights Board of Education. 


She continues as a Board Member with Beaver River Community Futures supporting small business development in her home region. Tina brings a wealth of experience in a variety of fields and many connections to the Indigenous communities of Northern Saskatchewan. In addition Tina holds a BA Advanced from the U of S, a Certificate in Local Government Authority from the U of R and is certified as a Professional Economic Developer for Saskatchewan and a certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED).

Tootoosis’ career spans 40+ years in HRM, political leadership, and Indigenous economic development, as a dedicated bridge builder and advocate for Indigenous causes.
As a key member of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) team since 2021, he develops strategies for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission final report and Call to Action #92.

He is a graduate of the First Nations University of Canada and a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. Spearheading various community initiatives while serving as a Chair of the SIEDN while directing ILDII and WIBF. Founder of MGT Consulting Tootoosis is based in Saskatoon, Treaty Six Territory.

Cy Standing (Wakanya Najin in Dakota) has a long and distinguished career including serving overseas as an Electronics Technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force, former Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation, former Vice Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations (FSIN), past Executive Director of Community Development Branch of the Department of Northern Saskatchewan as well as an Order in Council appointment to the Federal Parole Board.  

Mr. Standing has served as a Director on many Profit and Non-Profit Corporate Boards, including serving as a Director for Affinity Credit Union with assets of over six billion dollars as well as IMI Brokerage and Wanuskewin and is currently a member of the One Tribe Indigenous Carbon Board.