OUR MISSION

We develop participative actions to empower local communities in the sustainable use of their environment, increasing educational levels to improve their standard of living, ensuring the availability and diversity of resources over time.

OUR VISION

We envision united communities that protect diversity, develop low-impact environmental processes, promote awareness of conservation and responsible consumption as well as encourage respect for nature.

OUR GOALS 
  • To increase environmental awareness; to develop effective actions; to promote the sustainable use of resources; and to help improve the quality of life of local communities. 
  • Run and support participatory environmental and educational projects to generate  response to local problems.
  • Develop training programs to produce environmental leaders who raise awareness on environmental issues and the sustainable use of natural resources. 
  • Promote socio-cultural exchange by involving local and international volunteers cooperating  in projects within a framework of solidarity tourism.
WHERE WE WORK


We work with rural communities in the Colombian Caribbean and the Sierra Nevad
a de Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain range in the world, which reaches 5.700 m and has a complex network of ecosystems. The area is home to more than 300 bird species - of which nearly 20 are endemic. This unique environment is sacred to the indigenous communities and must be preserved and protected. In its foothills you can go scuba diving while visiting beautiful exotic beaches and discover the tropical forest in just a few hours of adventure. Click here for more information

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HISTORY

Misión Gaia was founded in 2011 by a team of professionals from diverse backgrounds, all of whom have a passion for conservation and for promoting sustainability in the region of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. The organization aims to encourage the responsible use of diverse natural resources so that they may be secured for future generations.

Both the aim and name of Misión Gaia are derived from James Lovelock’s (1970) influential Gaia Hypothesis, a scientific theory whose name is inspired by the Greek goddess of the earth, Gaia. The hypothesis understands the earth as a self-regulating system that must be protected by keeping a balance between organic and inorganic components. Thus, the hypothesis points towards the importance of promoting sustainability in the world, a task that Misión Gaia is passionately undertaking.

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