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Protecting coastal zones in Colombia

As of: May 2021

The Colombian government is planning to expand and sustainably manage protected areas in marine and coastal zones. The project helps environmental institutions to identify, prioritise and designate marine and coastal zones as protected areas. To this end, it analyses the impacts of climate change scenarios on various marine and coastal areas in the Caribbean Sea and supports the country in the designation of new protected areas. The project also develops and implements a sustainable management strategy for these areas in cooperation with local communities and institutions. In this way, it helps to conserve biodiversity, to mitigate the consequences of climate change and to safeguard the traditional livelihoods of local communities. The capacities of state and civil society stakeholders are also strengthened, enabling them to better adapt to climate change and to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. /

State of implementation/results

  • On the occasion of the Day of the Oceans on 08 June 2020, the project has organized and carried out two online seminars with its partners.
  • 1. The importance of information on the ecosystem services of coasts and marine areas to make the importance for Colombia visible. This event was organized together with the project partners Invemar and the ZMT.…
  • 2. Discussion on the value of ecosystem services and biodiversity for food security of Wayuu communities. In particular, alternative approaches to biodiversity conservation were discussed.… – Online seminars were recorded and shared on social media sites of partners.
  • On the occasion of the Day of the Colombian Civil Servant on 27 June 2020 another online seminar was held with the first Minister of the Environment of Colombia, Mr. Manuel Rodríguez Becerra. The ethical principles for the conservation of biological diversity in Colombia in the 21st century were presented and discussed together with the director of the environmental authority Corpoguajira.
  • The project focuses on the core service process of managing marine protected areas within the environmental authority and improves this with the necessary capacity development measures. The target groups here are the staff of the environmental authority.
  • In a national mangrove workshop organised by the project, the Directorate for Marine, Coastal and Aquatic Resources of the Ministry of the Environment, DAMCRA, was able to communicate its political priorities and implementation support to the environmental cooperation projects.
  • The project has published an annual notebook with information on the project regions as well as a folder with general information on the project areas and the interventions of the project. Both are distributed to interested partners.
  • Furthermore, the project has developed a communication strategy which includes a short documentary film. The film underlines the importance of ecosystem services for the local population in the project area La Guajira.
  • As additional information material for the local population, the project was able to produce posters about the ecosystem services provided by the Wayuu in the newly designated Bahía Honda and Bahía Hondita Regional Conservation Area.
  • Three small videos have been produced in the project for internal use on the progress and topics of the project: the consultative process (Consulta Previa), fishing and handicrafts. These videos are shown during local workshops.
  • The project has produced posters of the future regional protected area. (…,…).

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia

Implementing partner(s):
  • National Parks of Colombia (PNC) - Colombia

BMU grant:
5.000.000,00 €

01/2019  till  06/2023

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