Latin American Observatory

Water Justice
and Peace


Total Projects


Global Affiliates



Our Mission

Fostering Peace in the Amazon Basin

The Latin American Observatory explores the notion that fostering peace is as important to sustainable development in the Amazon basin as other equally important educational initiatives for long-term social justice and ecological flourishing.

The aim is to fulfill
two closely related challenges


To be instrumental in the consolidation of peace at the national and Amazonian regional level.

Provide Support

To provide the scientific, cultural and institutional support in Latin America for countries to comply with the 2015 Paris commitment of zero deforestation of the Amazon by 2020.
water justice and peace

Research Projects

With the growing environmental degradation of rivers and forest in the Amazonian region, which will be the initial focus of the Observatory, researchers will study the consequences of globalized modern economic practices, debates on the environmental losses and the need to prepare teachers with ecologically sound pedagogical initiatives in the region.
Documentary Film

The River
(El Río)

The River (El Río) is a documentary film by Juan Carlos Galeano. The film is a journey, both mythological and affectionate. Spectacular images bring the audience’s attention to ecological wisdom about the spiritual belief systems of Amazonians.

The Latin American Observatory is headquartered at the Universidad de la Amazonia, Colombia

The Peace Office, the School of Education, the Agroecological Engineering program, and other important academic programs at Universidad de la Amazonia, Colombia, will play a key role in Observatory activities that will engage professors and students in the building of sustainable and equitable models of development for the Amazon.

Global Research Networks

In addition, the Universidad de la Amazonia, Colombia, is developing academic relationships with scholars, artists and academic institutions around the world, including those at Florida State University, Florida, Westminster College, Utah, and Arizona State University, Arizona.


Observatory Convener Juan Carlos Galeano, a poet, essayist and filmmaker, and professor at Florida State University, is coordinating activities between partnering institutions. Activities will include lectures, work to build collaborations with area environmental writing and eco-cinema education involving professors and students, and community outreach from the Universidad de la Amazonia to the general population.


Community members, researchers and scholars.

Join us for our 10 Year Anniversary and a poetry reading by Juan Carlos Galeano

During the event, we will present Professor Galeano with the 2024 Seras Puentes Award. This award is Spanish for “bridge beings” and recognizes service to the arts and humanities and social and environmental justice on behalf of humans, animals, plants, and all living things.