Heritage Colombia: bringing peace and prosperity to one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth through its protected area network.

Aerial view of the Ajajú River crossing close to a "tepuy" from the Guiana Shield at Chiribiquete National Park in the Colombian Amazon, Colombia.
Heritage Colombia: bringing peace and prosperity to one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth through its protected area network.
Colombia
We’re expanding and improving Colombia’s incredible protected area network; while also supporting peace and sustainable development across surrounding landscapes.
A shining example of what the future of forest protection will look like: protecting a country’s natural resources can support peace, prosperity and tackle climate change.
Challenge
A unique opportunity to help Colombia’s people and landscapes recover from conflict, and secure a sustainable and prosperous future.

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.

Main “maloca” of the Mutanacua indigenous community, Pacoa, on the Apaporis River, near the southeastern border of Chiribiquete National Park along the shared border of the Departments of Vaupés, Caquetá, and Amazonas of Colombian Amazon, Colombia.
Aerial view of “Tepuyes,” of Chiribiquete National Park, north of the Mesay River and west of the Cuñaré River. in the Colombian Amazon, part of the Guiana Shield, Columbia.
Aerial view of forest burns due to colonization front near the northern border of Chiribiquete National Park, Calamar Municipality in the Department of Guaviare in the Colombian Amazon, Colombia.
Preparation of traditional sugarcane-based beverage, Barasano indigenous people in the Mutanacua community, Pacoa, on the Apaporis River, near the southeastern border of Chiribiquete National Park along the shared border of the Departments of Vaupés, Caquetá, and Amazonas in the Colombian Amazon, Colombia.
Aerial view of “The Stadium,” one of the most impressive geologic formations of the Serranía de Chiribiquete from Guiana Shield in Chiribiquete National Park, south-central zone, north of the Mesay River, west of the Cuñaré River in the Colombian Amazon, Colombia.
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Solution
Heritage Colombia is a 20-million-hectare vision of future-proof protected areas, surrounding landscapes restored, and sustainable development bringing peace and prosperity to people. A perfect example of government and civil society cooperation.

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.

Trees target
Heritage Colombia will protect and restore ecosystems across a wide range of ecosystems, potentially protecting over 9 billion trees
Flagship biodiversity
Per square kilometre, Colombia is the most biodiverse country in the world, with more bird, amphibian, butterfly and frog species than anywhere else.
Community contribution
Heritage Colombia is a key part of Colombia’s strategy to build peace and secure a sustainable future, after over 50 years of civil conflict.
Innovation
In 2018, Colombia’s Serranía de Chiribiquete National Park, the ‘ancestral home of the jaguar’, became the world’s largest tropical rainforest national park, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
“Heritage Colombia has the potential to become a groundbreaking model that not only ensures the long-term management of protected areas and their ecosystem services, but also promotes the inclusion of social benefits and the governance systems necessary to make the initiative sustainable across a diverse set of landscapes.”
– The Moore Foundation –