Agroforestry for conservation: Building resilient landscapes in the Columbian Amazon

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Maria Fernanda Ordonez

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The Caqueta is a department located in southwest Colombia. Spanning close to 88.965 km², Caqueta is a strategic gateway from the Andes mountain ranges to the Amazon plains. This vast, beautiful and biodiverse area has been one of the most affected areas by the internal armed conflict over the last 50 years. Though the peace agreement signed in 2017 stopped the armed conflict in Caqueta, it also brought a multiplicity of competing claims on natural forest, which have led to an unprecedented increase in deforestation rates. Despite government efforts aimed at conserving forested areas, Caqueta is the highest deforestation hotspot, representing 28% of national deforestation. In addition to causing loss of biodiversity and affecting ecosystem services, conversion of forested areas to other land uses is one of the main causes of CO2 emissions in the country. In this context, it is a priority but also a great challenge for the country to base a peace building process on promoting economic development without environmental degradation. Aiming at contributing to sustainable forest management and development of the Amazon Region, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is implementing the “Agroforestry for Conservation” project. Promoting strategic multi-stakeholder arrangements that bring together local communities, governments and other influential stakeholders, TNC supports the alignment of forest conservation and restoration with sustainable production and social agendas. It contributes to consolidate resilient landscapes with increased forest and biodiversity protection and connectivity, increased carbon storage contributing to climate change mitigation, and higher productivity and profitability for local communities depending on forests.

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Society for Ecological Restoration