Highlights:




Over 500.000 acres / 200.000 hectares of native forested land at Choco-Darien-Antioquia




40 millions tons of CO2 avoided surveyed by using REDD + Voluntary Carbon Standard VM006 and CCB




More than 990.000 trees saved.




Over 2500 families to be benefited.




190 Endangered animal species protected. And connecting two national parks in peasants private lands.




80 Endangered plant species safeguarded.



Overview:

The Antioquia Community Ecosystems Infrastructure REDD+ Program is the first conservation effort in the world to trade carbon credits for building two community-owned Green schools, creating value-added for cocoa, avocado and coffee farming, and conserving over eight types of forests ecosystems through farmers-owned lands by connecting landscapes between two national parks in the Andes. Activities are developed by The Ecotropics Group and implemented by Asociación Teo-occidente and Ademur, both ethnodiverse associations of farming families that own private land with native forests. The program expects to conserve and elongate over 200,000 hectares (500,000 acres) of tropical rainforest in the world’s high biodiversity value hotspot. Antioquia-Chocó-Darién region of Andean massif northwest Colombia, is one of the most biologically and culturally diverse regions on earth.



The 2500 families of Teo-occidente and Ademur are building an agenda to consolidate, reconstruct, and reinvent their own territory previously a war-torn area. These forest lands are facing continued illegal logging, high deforestation and degradation rates, severe water stress, illegal gold mining, and land usurpation.

The member associates from the project area, not only suffered the devastation of continued war, but also income inequality. The latest census indicated that the proportion of people with unsatisfied basic needs is 51%, significantly higher than the 29% national average. Determined to improve their life conditions, they constituted an association called Teo-occidente and Ademur partnered with The Ecotropics Group to develop a REDD+ inclusive program.

The funds created by Verified Carbon Units will be managed by a fiduciary trust fund and audited quarterly to ensure its effective use. The procurement will be conditioned to debt alleviation, microloans, social security, patrols rovers, sustainable and productive projects, linked to a community development plan that includes a green school and a roasting facility to export organic coffee (i.e. eco-industrial cluster).

In the green school the community will widely learn about getting certified USDA organics for coffee, avocado and cocoa farming, using the native trees to provide shadow to the crops and farmer harvesters, installing solar pump mills for water irrigation and lighting, mounting clean stoves, fostering coexistence among inhabitants. Additionally, they will understand the whole process from farming to final added value products.

The eco-industrial cluster will allow roasting coffee and deliver cocoa-based products to market based opportunities domestic and overseas. Education and sustainable industrial processing will allow them to deliver high quality products suitable for exports.

Fortunately, On April 17, 2014 the association made a commitment to sustainable manage their forests for the next 30 years.
Join us by funding to complete the program that works for farmers Teo-occidente and Ademur implement their own conservation strategy to meet the challenge of avoided deforestation for the greater good.

To learn more about The Antioquia Community Ecosystems Infrastructure REDD + Program https://climatecolab.org/contests/2017/land-use-agriculture-forestry-waste-management/c/proposal/1334154 Our REDD+ program proposal was selected among a batch of 300 through 2017 MIT Climate CoLab Semi-Finals !

Biodiversity:

Significant high conservation value areas of this project are within the Chocó-Darien global biodiversity hotspot. For instance, we are surrounded from a large buffer zone that wants to provide structural and functional landscape connectivity among Las Orquídeas and Paramillo National Parks. These neighbor protected areas host different strategic ecosystems being the most extensive the Tropical Forest, Tropical Andean and Sub-Andean Forest and Pacific Forest (Kateman 2011; Villegas et al. 2006).

Paving the way with the support for this project of conservation, for such ecosystem variety, is a priority from the climate change perspective since tree diversity enhances the forest ability for carbon capture, water interception, temperature regulation (Castro-Izaguirre et al. 2016).

The ecosystems present in the project area are also the habitat of several endangered or critically endangered species (Ministerio de Ambiente & Universidad de Antioquia 2015; Ministerio de Ambiente & Universidad Nacional de Colombia 2015; Cárdenas L. & R. Salinas 2007; Ministerio de Ambiente & Universidad Nacional de Colombia 2005). Indeed, there are two critically endangered species existing only in the municipalities of the project area (IUCN 2016). These unique species, are the Masdevallia apparitio (Urrao) and the Zamia wallisii (Frontino and Urrao). The REDD plus initiative will reduce the threat of habitat loss and fragmentation to contribute in endangered species conservation.

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