Colombia is a country in South America with territories in North America, bound on the north by the Caribbean Sea. It is one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries and has the second-highest level of biodiversity in the world. Its territory encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, and deserts, and it is the only country in South America with coastlines and islands along both the Atlantic and Pacific.
Sustinere and its partners' reforestation project is in the Choco, Colombia, one of the world's most biodiverse areas, with more than 8,000 species of plants and 600 species of birds. In the 2000s, the Choco suffered 60% of the deforestation in Colombia, due to mining and logging.The location of the reforestation project is in the municipality of Tadó, in the department of the Chocó, which is the pacific region of Colombia. More specifically, the 5 village-areas in the municipality of Tadó where the project will take place are: Tapon, Corcobado, Angostura, Playa de Oro and Tabor.
We recognise reforestation through analog forestry as a cross-sectoral solution to restore degraded areas, reverse biodiversity loss, sequestrate carbon and slow down global warming, decontaminate the soil and water, while also addressing conditions of poverty by including trees and plants that yield fruits and vegetables which will be sold to local markets. Groups of women entrepreneurs will be created, while benefits from the project will prioritise on vulnerable households. Specifically, the project will restore 100 hectares of forest that will benefit 100 families with fruit trees and medicine plants. The forest will absorb 15,000 tons of carbon, and we will create a group of 50 women entrepreneurs.
It is mainly intended to sow forest species such as: Algarroba, Chanó (Sacoglottis sp.), Carrá (Huberodendron patinoi), Milkman (Brosimum utile), Caimito (Chrysophyllum argenteum), Guino (Carapa guianensis), Noanamo (Virola reiidi), Cedar (Cedrela spid), and Achiote (bixa orelliana). These species are native to the region and are also the most used in the forest. However, any analog forestry project involves a component of food-producing trees that are selected in consultation with the community (project-participating households), and these are yet to be determined because they will vary from one household and planting site to the next.
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