Between the Amazon and the Andes: safeguarding and transmission of the Traditional knowledge and techniques associated with Pasto Varnish mopa-mopa of the Putumayo and Nariño departments of Colombia

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 98,925 granted in 2022
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 03/08/2022 - 30/04/2024
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Benefitting country(ies): Colombia


The project seeks to support initiatives led by the practitioners (harvesters, woodworkers, varnishers) to guarantee the future safeguarding of the element. The project develops four main activities: (a) capacity building training for trainers targeting fifty-five practitioners; (b) a pilot apprenticeship programme in which each practitioner works alongside an apprentice in a one-to-one learning environment; (c) documentation of the life and work of the Pasto Varnish mopa-mopa practitioners, which shall result in a publication and visual documentary; and (d) awareness-raising initiatives targeting youth apprentices, the communities of Nariño and Putumayo and key stakeholders, such as the private sector, local public entities and local non-governmental organizations. The project culminates in an event focused on the two communities and a stakeholder roundtable to reflect on future opportunities and initiatives to contribute to the safeguarding and viability of the element. The pilot apprenticeship programme also contributes to the ‘Safeguarding strategy of traditional crafts for peace building’, selected on the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices in 2019.

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