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Community-led rehabilitation of land degraded by illegal alluvial gold mining in the Afro-Colombian Community Council of Chilona - El Salto, Zaragoza, Antioquia.

Chilona - El Salto Community Council in the municipality of Zaragoza, Antioquia (Colombia) is made up of Afro Colombian families, most of them female heads of household, who rehabilitated 170 hectares of land through nursery and tree planting.

Location and date the photo was taken: Municipality of Zaragoza, Antioquia (Colombia). The photograph was taken on September 2, 2019.

Who is depicted in the photo: The photo shows Afro Colombian women heads of household, who belong to the La Chilona - El Salto Community Council. They are pictured undertaking “planting days” in an area impacted by illegal gold mining.

What activity is depicted in the photo: Planting acacia seedlings.

How the activity addresses climate change: Zaragoza is one of the municipalities with the highest incidence of illegal gold mining in Antioquia and is also one of the most polluted and degraded. Acacia plantations have allowed the land to come back to life, changed the landscape of the region, and raised awareness of the importance of protecting nature.

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

Names of partner organizations involved in the program: The Afro-Colombian Community Council of Chilona - El Salto, Zaragoza, Antioquia (Colombia) and the Artisanal Gold Mining Activity of USAID.

Women heads of household greening the desertified land.

Copyright © 2020 Jorge E. Martínez Santamaría

Country Colombia

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