A unique opportunity to help Colombia’s people and landscapes recover from conflict, and secure a sustainable and prosperous future.
From high mountains to mangroves and beaches, dense forests including the Amazon, to open savannas, Colombia is home to an extraordinary variety of life. It is also home to over 45 million people, recovering from 52 years of civil conflict.
Heritage (Herencia ) Colombia is an initiative led by the government through its National Parks Agency and Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources, with philanthropic and NGO support complementing government commitment. WWF and WCS have a longstanding presence in Colombia and are now working with the government, other NGOs and international partners to develop the detailed scope and mechanisms that will make Heritage Colombia a reality. Trillion Trees supported WWF and WCS to work on the design of the initiative leading to Serranía de Chiribiquete becoming a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The first phase of Heritage Colombia seeks to secure $100m of international public and private funding, to be matched by $100m commitment from the Government of Colombia. This will enable the initiative to launch across nine priority landscapes that include protected areas and their surrounding zones, representing Colombia’s incredible biodiversity.
As well as ensuring that Heritage Colombia has the technical support and local capacity to deliver on its immediate restoration and protection objectives, a key objective is structuring the financial mechanisms so that the initiative can continue to support Colombia’s protected areas and people for decades to come. WWF and WCS are providing support to the design of Heritage Colombia both in design of the programmes to restore protected areas and provide sustainable development opportunities for local communities, as well as in structuring the financial mechanisms aligned to the long-term ambition.
– The Moore Foundation –