Enabling conditions to reduce deforestation in the Colombian Amazon (Caqueta) through sustainable agroforestry in the context of integral land use
As of: April 2021
The Amazon Basin is one of the most species-rich ecosystems in the world – but it is under threat, and above all by deforestation. The project helps to reduce deforestation and to preserve biodiversity in the Colombian region. To achieve these goals, it supports local land users and indigenous communities in introducing sustainable production systems such as agroforestry. In addition to providing technical advice, the project also develops business models and financing mechanisms to enable a broad-based implementation. Ecological connectivity corridors are promoted through the development of an integrated landscape model that links indigenous territories, protected areas and sustainable cultivation systems. The impacts of the project make it possible for the region to receive funds for REDD+- measures and to use them successfully. The project also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and increases the adaptability of both ecosystems and food security for the population.
State of implementation/results
- 115 rural families from Belén de los Andaquíes, San José de Fragua and Cartagena del Chairá municipalities are participating in the project. 51 families from 5 indigenous reserves from de piedmont are also involved.
- In total, participating farms and indigenous reserves cover more than 12.000 ha and communities have signed conservation agreements for an area of 7,087.67 hectares of forest and 1,244.55 hectares of fallow land, for a total of 8.300 hectares under commitment of zero deforestation.
- Participating farms and indigenous reserves are receiving technical support and material to improve management over 4700 has of agricultural land through: Silvopastoral systems, agroforestry systems, bee breeding for honey production, isolation and reforestation of water sources, domestic gardens for food sovereignty, forest enrichment of connectivity corridors, between others.
- More than 150 producers have been participating in different workshops and trainings regarding sustainable production and value chains. The strategy for strengthening institutional capacity is being under implementation focusing on: Strengthening of local authorities on sustainable production planning with a territorial approach
- An important alliance was facilitated with other partners: the group of Andean-amazon governors for the conservation of forest and climate within the Governors Climate Task Force meeting, held in Florencia Caqueta last May.
- The land use change baseline was finished, and carbon and biodiversity monitoring started with the participation of national institutions such as Humboldt Institute and IDEAM.
- Results achieved during the first half of the project were presented in two sessions of the World Agroforestry Congress held in Montpellier, France last May and will be presented next September in the 8th World Conference on Ecological restoration in Cape town South Africa.