This brochure provides information about BIOREDD+, USAID’s flagship environmental program in Colombia. BIOREDD+ has developed a portfolio of Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA)-compliant REDD+ projects in the Colombian Pacific and is seeking further investment.
The projects use REDD+ financing to protect the country’s natural resources, while helping degraded tropical forests to regenerate. The Colombian Pacific is part of the Choco Biogeographic region, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. These landscapes, ranging from wetlands to high mountains, are home to 9,000 species of vascular plants, 200 mammals, 600 birds, 100 reptiles and 120 amphibians, many of which are endemic to Colombia. Many are threatened with extinction.
BIOREDD+ is also helping Colombia alleviate poverty and put Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities on a path to sustainable development. Population growth and the breaking of barriers with broader society have weakened some of their traditional ties to the natural world and timber and other resource extraction is a growing threat. REDD+ projects are helping 29 participating communities to conserve both forests and their indigenous culture in an area spanning 1 million hectares.