REDD + projects seek to protect Colombia's biodiversity
Among the objectives of the REDD + Projects, in addition to mitigating the effects of climate change, is also conserving and promoting the sustainable use of biodiversity. Here we tell you which are the main species that are protected in Colombia with this mechanism.
What is biodiversity?
Regarding the National Biodiversity Day, which is commemorated every September 11, in order to raise awareness about the care and protection of flora and fauna, it is worth highlighting the wealth we have.
According to the UN, biodiversity is the wide variety of plants, animals and microorganisms that exist throughout the world. This day is commemorated because biological resources are the pillars that sustain civilizations and it is important to emphasize their care and protection.
In our case, Colombia is identified by the United Nations Environment Program as one of the 17 megadiverse countries that host 70% of the world's biodiversity in only 10% of the territory. The country has 41 National Natural Parks, 11 Fauna and Flora Sanctuaries, 2 National Nature Reserves and 5 biosphere reserves throughout its five regions.
In addition, according to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia is:
The first country in diversity of birds and orchids.
The second country in diversity of plants, amphibians, river fish and butterflies.
The third country in diversity of reptiles and palms.
The fourth country in diversity of mammals.
How do REDD + Projects contribute to the care of biodiversity in Colombia?
BIOFIX works together with Indigenous Reservations and Community Councils in the development of REDD + Projects (Reduction of Emissions caused by Deforestation and Forest Degradation), through which more than 1,200,000 hectares of humid and tropical forests are protected in different departments. from the country.
The lines of action of these projects, in addition to promoting the mitigation of the effects of climate change, the sustainable management of forests and improving the quality of life of the communities, also aim to conserve and promote the sustainable use of biodiversity.
All REDD projects carried out in Colombia, hand in hand with indigenous and Afro communities, focus on extending the life of endangered species, protecting and conserving them.