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KiA Fair Climate Colombia – REDD+

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Start project:
  • 2017
Donors:
  • Kerk in Actie
Partners:
  • COCOMOPOCA

After 12 years of struggle, Afro-Colombian people of COCOMOPOCA secured until 73,500 hectares of community land in the high Atrato river basin, the challenge now is to exercise those rights through sustainable management of their territory. This KiA project helps Afro-Colombian communities access climate and finance mechanisms to support the implementation of their Ethno-development plan with co-financing from FOS (Fund for Civil Society Colombia -Sweden & Norway).

Afro-Colombian people of the Choco forests and mangroves of the Pacific shore have been fighting to secure their land rights and benefits of the natural resources within their territories. Current UN Climate Change debate on deforestation of tropical forests as a key component to manage climate change and greenhouse gases emissions has opened a new opportunity for rural communities to consolidate land rights and also to access international funds related to carbon finance. This project is placed in a vision towards the future of sustainable forests in the Choco region in which ecosystems are functioning and contributing to diverse type of environmental services including climate stability from reductions in deforestation. The vision includes local communities benefiting from their natural resources, strengthening their economic base through incomes from carbon finance mechanisms for avoided deforestation initiatives (REDD+ type of project), and options to access low carbon economies including energy efficiency alternatives.

2016 was a year in which Colombia made important progress towards peace and demobilization of armed groups, some of which FARC have personnel in Afro-Colombian territories of the Choco. This Peace Process brings hope to communities in COCOMOPOCA as armed groups will go out and some communities will receive back some members displaced by conflict. On the other hand vacuums of armed power may bring people to COCOMOPOCA related to large scale gold dredging mining and other forms of land grabs, this is an issue of concern for COCOMOPOCA and they urgently need to consolidate sustainable management of their territory.

A key element to defend the rights to territory is the Ethno development plan 2012-2015 that is a reflection of the needs and interests of local communities on what to do with their territory, this plan needs now to be updated to a new context under the Peace Process and also in lines of economic empowerment from sustainable options related to forests. Environmental services and climate finance (REDD+) from avoided deforestation are being considered as a more autonomous source of fund to support the implementation of the Ethno Development plan.

In the last 3 years with support of USAID some REDD+ initiatives have been started and COCOMOPOCA was not included in them. There are expectations from communities in COCOMOPOCA from projects in nearby communities but they need better technical information to understand REDD+ options better and decide what is the best for them.

Faith based organizations (Pastoral Afro Quibdo from the Catholic Church) have had a strong role in supporting Afro-Colombians in the Choco claim their land rights, human rights of life without violence and also the relation of sustainable communities as related to care of creation and equilibrium with nature, this aligned with Pope Francis Encyclical Laudato SII.

As a final outcome of this project that co finances a larger project with the Colombian Civil Society Fund (FOS Sweden Norway) COCOMOPOCA will have strengthened knowledge and capacities on REDD+ option, it will have a sound feasibility plan developed in a participatory process that will enable COCOMOPOCA to decide best options to further their territorial agenda.

MANQ'A Cali Quinta y Sexta cohorte (KIA 2018)

In Colombia, disadvantaged youth from socially problematic neighborhoods will be trained as qualified cooks to promote healthy, traditional ...

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  • 2018
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Schools of Gastronomy, Tourism and Hospitality

The project contributes to the livelihoods improvement of disadvantaged, displaced and demobilized young people and small holder farmers ...

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Project started:
  • 2018
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Manqa Gastronomic School 2018 - Cali

In Colombia, disadvantaged youth from socially problematic neighborhoods will be trained as qualified cooks to promote healthy, traditional ...

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  • 2017
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