Latin American Observatory

The Latin American Observatory is set to engage in a series of scientific, and academic exchanges with institutions and among academics in Colombia and around the world who are focusing on the themes of water justice and peace.

Fostering Peace in the Amazon

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 of the Latin American Observatory is to fulfill two closely related challenges:

Observatory Headquarters

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.

Main Hub

Universidad de la Amazonia


Global Humanities Projects


Global Humanities Affiliates


Global Humanities Partners

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.

Collaborative Activites

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.

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.

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.

Observatory Affiliates

Community members, researchers and scholars.

Joni Adamson


Herman Vladimir Ruíz Abecasis


Dr. Figuero-Helland


Abigail Pérez Aguilera


Gerardo Antonio Castrillón


Vera Coleman


Maria Cruz-Torres


Juan Carlos Galeano


Gisela Heffes


Rafael Chanchari Pizuri


Jorge Pulecio