Among the objectives of REDD+ Projects, in addition to mitigating the effects of climate change, is also to preserve and promote the sustainable use of biodiversity. Here we tell you what are the main species that are protected in Colombia with this mechanism.
To purpose of the National Day of Biodiversity, which is commemorated every September 11, with the aim of creating awareness about the care and protection of the flora and fauna, it is worth to highlight the wealth we have.
According to the UN, the biodiversity is the wide variety of plants, animals and micro-organisms existing in the world. This day is commemorated because the biological resources are the cornerstones of civilizations, and it is important to emphasize their care and protection.
In our case, Colombia is identified by the United Nations Program for the Environment as one of the 17 megadiverse countries that are home to 70% of the world's biodiversity on just 10% of the territory. The country has 41 National Parks, 11 Wildlife Sanctuaries and Flora, 2 National Reserves and Natural 5 biosphere reserves throughout its five regions.
In addition, according to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia is:
- The first country in the diversity of birds and orchids.
- The second country in the diversity of plants, amphibians, river fish and butterflies.
- The third country in the diversity of reptiles and palms.
- The fourth country in the diversity of mammals.
BIOFIX works in conjunction with Indigenous reserves and Community Councils in the development of a REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), through which protects more than 1’200,000 hectares of rain forests and tropical in different departments of the country.
The lines of action of these projects, in addition to promoting the mitigation of the effects of climate change, sustainable management of forests and to improve the quality of life of the communities, they also aim to preserve and promote the sustainable use of biodiversity.
All REDD projects undertaken in Colombia, hand-in-hand with indigenous and afro communities, in their approach to extend the life of endangered species, protect them and keep them.