Enabling conditions to reduce deforestation in the Colombian Amazon (Caqueta) through sustainable agroforestry under a landscape approach
As of: January 2020
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
- 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.