The Cauca river is born in the Macizo plateau in the department of Cauca, which is known as the hydrographic star. As a natural blue line it connects farmer, indigenous and Afro-Colombian territories along an approximate 1000 kilometers, until it connects with the delta region known as the Mojana, near the Caribbean Coast.

The river is threatened not only by large scale gold mining , but also by agroindustrial projects that include sugarcane, pine, eucalyptus, potatoes, strawberries and coca. Two hydroelectric dams have interrupted local socio-ecosystems and the internal armed conflict has turned the river into a mass grave, in which legal and illegal armed actors have dumped hundreds of bodies.

Despite the multiple attacks and impacts on the Cauca river, it is also a symbol of resistance and dignity. Interethnic and intercultural alliances between communities to defend both the river and their territories have resulted in creative and innovative strategies to materialize collective proposals on autonomy, protection and living the good life and a life in dignity (buen vivir and vida digna)