Colombia is renowned for its richness in biodiversity; accounting for an estimated 10% of the world’s flora and faunal species. It is one of only 12 countries globally that are considered megadiverse. The Pacific Region of Colombia alone provides a home to 831 bird species, 195 amphibians, 167 mammals, 210 reptiles and 5,124 plant species.
However the forests in this region have experienced a continued reduction in biomass, due largely to illegal logging. These forests have historically been an important source of income for local families, who periodically harvest timber when the economic need arises.
This REDD+ avoided deforestation project is based within the biologically diverse Chocó-Darién bioregion. It sets out to address the issue of deforestation and illegal logging at a local level, and to protect and restore 83,452 hectares of land.
The project’s objectives are threefold: to mitigate climate change by reducing deforestation and forest degradation; to contribute to biodiversity conservation; and to foster sustainable development of local communities.
Measures to alleviate the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation include support of governance capacity (including individual property titling, land-use planning and conservation zone demarcation), the generation of alternative economic activities and income sources, and through capacity building in administration and management. The resultant decrease in illegal logging, the recovery of already degraded forests and the reduction of conversion to other land uses is expected to decrease emissions and enhance forest carbon stocks over time.
The project will also help local communities by promoting alternative, sustainable sources of revenue and by investing in social structures such as development planning, water treatment and health care.
Due to annual rainfall and the topographic diversity, the project area is incredibly biodiverse. This project activity will contribute to conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity, through long-term improvements to the extent and connectivity of natural forest cover.
This project is verified by the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards. You can view it on the Verra Registry here. The project is also monitored by our partners, Pachama, and you can see its impact monitoring here.
UN's Sustainable Development Goals
Projects like these are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Here are the goals recognised by the Bajo Calima y Bahía Málaga (REDD+ Avoided Unplanned Deforestation Project) project:
- End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
- Rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. We can provide nutritious food for all.
Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality education.
- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
- Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
You can find out more about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals here.