The Artisanal Gold Mining Activity planted two million Acacia mangium trees on degraded and desertified land in Antioquia, where the illegal extraction of gold was previously undertaken. Many people from the region participated in the rehabilitation activities, especially 169 female heads of household who took care of the nurseries and planted trees.
Location and date the photo was taken: Colombian Community Council of Chilona - El Salto, Zaragoza, Antioquia. The photograph was taken on October 1, 2019.
Who is depicted in the photo: The hands of an Afro Colombian woman.
What activity is depicted in the photo: Planting Acacia mangium seedlings.
How the activity addresses climate change: Rehabilitating lands with Acacia mangium has restored habitats and supported species. A study evaluating the resurgence of wild flora and the presence of birds and mammals in the plantations developed by the Artisanal Gold Mining Activity showed that the plantations have allowed the incursion of birds and mammals and the dispersal of seeds, which contributes to the survival of fauna and wild plant populations.
Name of the relevant program receiving USAID support: The Artisanal Gold Mining Activity of USAID.
Names of partner organizations involved in the program: The regional government of Antioquia and 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).