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Young people from the Vegas de Segovia Indigenous Reservation in Zaragoza, Antioquia (Colombia) get ready for planting day.

The project has not only changed the environmental landscape of the region, but also the lives of the 43 families in charge of establishing the nursery, preparing the seedlings, fencing the plot, digging the holes and planting the trees.

In addition to rehabilitating 100 hectares of degraded land, the project has involved female heads of households in an associated honey production project, incorporating 600 beehives to allow them to earn a decent income through the sale of honey.

The following entities participated in this project: the regional government of Antioquia via its Secretariats for Mining and the Environment; the Corporation for the Sustainable Management of Forests (Masbosques) and the Artisanal Gold Mining Activity of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Location and date the photo was taken: Municipality of Zaragoza, Antioquia. The photograph was taken on January 24, 2019.

Who is depicted in the photo: The photo shows young people from the Vegas de Segovia Indigenous reservation in the municipality of Zaragoza, Antioquia (Colombia).

What activity is depicted in the photo: Preparation for planting activities.

How the activity addresses climate change: The rehabilitation of degraded land using Acacia mangium trees restores degraded ecosystems and generates alternative livelihoods for families in the region.

Name of the relevant program receiving USAID support: The Artisanal Gold Mining Activity of USAID.

Names of partner organizations involved in the program: The Vegas de Segovia Indigenous Reservation from Zaragoza, Antioquia (Colombia) and the Artisanal Gold Mining Activity of USAID.

Indigenous youth committed to mother earth.

Submitter Jorge E. Martínez Santamaría
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Country Colombia

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