Enabling conditions to reduce deforestation in the Colombian Amazon (Caqueta) through sustainable agroforestry under a landscape approach
As of: August 2019
Objective and activities
The project fosters enabling conditions for the implementation of REDD+ mechanism in Caqueta, an 8 million has. state in the biodiversity-rich Amazon foothills, with the highest deforestation rate in Colombia. The project enhances forest connectivity by designing an integrated landscape model that combines indigenous territories, protected areas and sustainable farming systems that boost production, provide food security, and reduce deforestation (in alignment with Colombia’s climate change goals). It engages 150 ranchers in the implementation of sustainable ranching systems. Technical knowledge is leveraged through ranching associations, with final impact estimated at 92% of the state’s ranches. Since 2008 TNC has worked with 8 indigenous communities in the region, jointly developing land use management plans and sustainable livelihoods. This project expands these efforts to 4 indigenous communities and leverage results through the indigenous regional council.
State of implementation/results
Project in implementation
- Participation of 118 rural families and 5 indigenous reserves in the project, covering 12 000 ha land
- Land use options for this area were prioritized through a participatory process
- A strategy for strengthening Institutional capacity of key actors committed to biodiversity conservation and the reduction of deforestation, was designed and is under implementation
- Protocols for carbon, biodiversity and land use change monitoring at project level were designed. The implementation with national and regional partner institutions is planned for 2019
- Two project areas have been defined in the department of Caquetá where project activites will take place. In February 2018 ACT and TNC visited the areas' community leaders in order to find common ground.
- During the second semester of 2017 the implementation partner (ACT) had significant progress mapping the key commodity value chains to identify opportunities for intervention in order to achieve zero deforestation.