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How to be part of a REDD + Project?

Updated: Jun 22




March 5, 2021. To date, BIOFIX has extensive experience in the development of REDD + Projects. Currently, it executes 9 projects in Colombia, which bring together a total of 24 ethnic communities, divided into 16 Indigenous Reservations of the Sikuani, Piapoco, Puinave and Curripa co peoples located in the departments of Vichada, Guainía and Guaviare and 8 Community Councils located in the departments of Chocó, Cauca and Valle del Cauca. As well as a mitigation initiative developed by private owners.


What is a REDD + project?


REDD + is a mechanism that was born within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), whose general objective is to contribute to the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. (Read: What is a REDD + project and what are its benefits?)


This mechanism seeks to contribute to:


  • Mitigate the effects of climate change.

  • Conserve and improve Environmental Services associated with forests.

  • Promote sustainable forest management.

  • Conserve and promote the sustainable use of biodiversity.

  • Improve the quality of life of the communities.

  • Promote gender equity.


Three recognitions for conservation work with REDD + projects


Three projects structured by BIOFIX in association with the communities have been awarded by the Latin America Green Awards in its 2020 and 2021 versions, as the best in the continent for their socio-environmental impact:



PALAMEKU KUWEI REDD +, a project located in Cumaribo, Vichada, and developed in conjunction with the Cabildos of the Ríos Muco and Guarrojo, Ríos Tomo and Wéberi, Punta Bandera, San Luis del Tomo, La Esmeralda and Valdivia Indigenous Reserves, was located among the 500 best projects in Latin America in the category of Forests and Flora. (Read: PALAMEKU KUWEI, among the 500 best in Latin America)

Likewise, DELFINES CUPICA REDD +, a project located in Bahía Solano and Juradó, Chocó, which seeks to conserve 103,000 hectares of humid and very humid forest, is developed in conjunction with the General Costa Pacifica Norte del Chocó community councils "Los Delfines" and Cupica, and ranked first in the Forests and Flora category in the same edition. (Read: DELFINES CUPICA REDD +, winner in the Forests and Flora category for Latin America Green Awards)



On the other hand, in 2021, the KALIAWIRI REDD + project, developed in the municipality of Cumaribo in the department of Vichada and the municipality of Inírida in the department of Guainía, was ranked among the best 500 conservation projects by Latin America Green Awards.


The objective of this project is to protect 358,000 hectares of tropical rainforest that have 7 indigenous reservations of the Sikuani and Piapoco peoples: Cali Barranquilla, Concordia, Flores Sombrero, Chocón, Río Siare, Barranco Lindo, Saracure Río Cada, and Guaco Alto and Bajo. (Read: KALIAWIRI REDD + is highlighted among the 500 best projects in Latin America 2021)


Where are the projects developed?


Projects under the REDD + mechanism are preferably carried out in wooded areas greater than 10,000 hectares, which may correspond to sole owners or groups of owners in the same region that add up to the indicated area.


Once this requirement has been fulfilled, a technical and legal feasibility study of the properties or territories is carried out in order to present a project offer which has no cost and it takes approximately one month to carry it out.


What are the phases to be part of a REDD + project?


  • Feasibility: a feasibility analysis of the territory is made.

  • Approach: Relevant information related to REDD + Projects, their benefits and phases, benefit sharing mechanisms, role distribution is provided.

  • Signature of the Agreements. Where the commitments to follow are established and endorsed in the necessary instances.

  • Formulation: We outline the steps and methods in the Project Design Document (PDD)

  • Validation: Audit and approve the project methodology described in the PDD.

  • Verification: Verify and approve the project methodology described in the PDD.

  • Certification: The project is certified and registered in compliance with the requirements of the different standards (VCS, CCB, etc.)

  • Registration: The project is certified and registered in compliance with the requirements of the different standards (VCS, CCB, etc.)

  • Marketing: Emission reduction certificates are sold under the carbon tax framework, or customers who wish to make voluntary compensation.

  • Implementation.


If you want to be part of a REDD + Project, you have the documents and requirements to apply, you can send an email to: proyectos@biofix.com.co and to correspondencia@biofix.com.co you will receive a response from our team to confirm the received and the start of the process.

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