A cooperation between ICCO and Forest Finest Consulting was selected by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety to implement the project Sustainable and resilient management of strategic ecosystems and biodiversity in the Pacific and Caribbean regions of Colombia.
Colombia’s Pacific and Caribbean regions are two of the most diverse and vulnerable regions in the country. Social and economic challenges have created an adverse context for biodiversity conservation. This program is addressing this issue by applying tested models for integrated management in the strategic marine-coastal and terrestrial ecosystems (mangroves, dry and humid tropical forest).
Challenges and opportunities of the program
Only 8% of Colombia’s tropical dry forest (TDF) is still remaining. The program will manage 47.280 ha of TDF in Montes de María. Additionally, there are two major deforestation hotspots located in this region. On the upside by adapting an integrated management approach, the conservation of the forests will be strengthened, and new economic and social opportunities will arise.
As a result, the program will deliver a measurable National Determined Contribution as well as a contribution to the Aichi targets. In parallel with this a number of new local value chains and small and medium enterprises will be created.