The Chocó-Darién Conservation Corridor REDD Project

Projoect Detail

  • País: Darién Region, north west Colombia
  • Categoría: Forest Conservation (REDD)

The Chocó-Darién Conservation Corridor REDD Project

The Chocó-Darién corridor is located in the Darien region in the northwest of Colombia, and is part of the bio-geographic region of Chocó. This tropical forest area is recognized as one of the world’s biodiversity “hotspot”, for its strategic location and high levels of endemism, where some species are threatened or endangered (including the jaguar, tapir, peregrine falcon, spider monkey and frog poison “golden dart”).

Through the protection of 13,465 hectares of forests and sustainable development activities, it is estimated that the Chocó-Darién project will prevent the emission of 2.5 million tons of CO<sub>2</sub> during the initiative operation (30 years), emissions that would have resulted from deforestation of approximately 50% of the protected area. This projection draws on the aggressive deforestation level present in the sector, which is mainly generated by the opening of land for farming activities, by mining and by the logging of tree species.

From a social point of view, Anthrotect S.A. that is the organization responsible for carrying out the project, works with landowners communities, which are trained to strengthen their governance and capacity to measure, monitor and improve their forested land. From the economic point of view, with the funds collected from the sale of carbon credits, the project invests in the development of alternative livelihood activities, such as cocoa and aromatic plants. In addition, 50% of the funds rests with the community.

Given the level of community involvement, the development of sustainable economic activities and the protection of biodiversity and wildlife, this project achieved the status of “Gold” in the International Certification Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA).