Catalina Cock Duque

Ashoka Fellow
Colombia
Fellow Since 2004
Corporacion Oro Verde Fundacion Amigos del Choco

Citation

This profile was prepared when Catalina Cock Duque was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
Introduction
In the Chocó region of Colombia, small communities on the edge of the rainforest are renting their land to large and destructive gold-mining groups, mostly informal mechanic miners. This is the only way to make enough money to survive. When these groups pull out, they leave the land poisoned and unsuitable for agriculture, putting the people of Chocó in an even worse situation. Catalina is working with the people of Chocó to take up gold mining themselves, using small-scale environmentally friendly mining techniques, rather than allowing destructive corporations to ravish their land.
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