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Protected Areas and Peace - Improving protected area effectiveness by combatting the underlying causes of deforestation and degradation in Colombia

As of: July 2020

Objective and activities

The project goal is an increase of the management effectiveness of protected areas through the resolution of land tenure conflicts between stakeholders in protected areas as well as to support sustainable finance mechanisms for the protected areas system. Project activities focus on the identification of deforestation risks and land-use change drivers, the creation of a monitoring and evaluation system, on strengthening regional and municipal land use planning and official establishment of the cadastre where possible. Capacity development for consensus building is planned. Private and public financial investments will be mobilized, including post-conflict and peace funding. This ultimately facilitates the protection of biodiversity by eliminating underlying causes of biodiversity loss particularly by deforestation and land use change. It will also increase benefits for local communities as a foundation to build peace in key territories in Colombia.

State of implementation/results

  • During a field visit to the Macarena Special Management Area (AMEM), it was agreed that the story of three people from the community would be followed during the project period. The project has started by documenting the story of two former FARC fighters who want to work for peace and nature conservation.
  • During the visit, a communication workshop on digital content creation was realized with the aim of disseminating the productive projects carried out by the J.E. Cooperative.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Germany

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia, Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia

BMU grant:
4.018.000,00 €

07/2019  till  12/2022

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