Identification, delimitation and integrated management of marine protected areas
As of: April 2020
Objective and activities
The Colombian government is planning to amplify and sustainably manage protected marine areas. The negative impact of Climate Change is also affecting the ecosystemic services and therefore the livelihood of traditional communities. The protect supports the relevant Colombian entities in the identification, prioritization and delimitation of protected marine areas, as well as in sustainable management schemes. The local communities will be included in the process and the management of the areas.
State of implementation/results
- Climate change and increasing anthropogenic conflicts threaten increasingly the livelihoods and traditional habits of Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities of the Colombian Caribbean coast. In the Colombian province of Guajira for example, the Wayuu communities try to improve their living conditions while at the same time securing their livelihoods and maintaining their customs.
- Protected areas can promote both, the preservation of biodiversity as well as the indigenous culture but need a comprehensive agreement between national and local institutions and communities. In this context for example, Afro-Colombian communities and local environmental institutions of the Chocó Department have developed measures to protect and even restore traditions and customs through previous discussion.
- Thus, encouraging the dialogue between national and local stakeholders provides the opportunity to develop sustainable activities and likewise to foster participation, preserve biodiversity and strengthen governance in new designated protected area.