Strengthening the conservation of the Amazon rainforest through indigenous leadership


  • Verified Carbon Standard
  • Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards

CO2 Emissions

+2.300.000 tCO2/year

Protected forest

+3,800,000 hectares



Colombia is home to 10 per cent of the Amazon, but some reserves have been significantly degraded by deforestation. The project is located between the Putumayo and Caquetá rivers and covers part of the largest remaining area of continuous rainforest in the country. The project stems from a community initiative to identify, prioritise and implement actions for sustainable forest management.

Through participatory and inclusive methods, and the sharing of know-how and technical knowledge, the project promotes reforestation and conservation based on indigenous traditions that teach the population to use the land with minimal impact on its biodiversity.

This project contributes to climate change mitigation through reforestation and restoration of the area, with beneficial effects on biodiversity. Moreover, the activity protects indigenous cultures and traditions that have been connected to the forest for centuries, promotes sustainable development, strengthens local governance and fosters women’s empowerment.

    Environmental benefits

  • Drastic emission reduction and tangible contribution to climate change mitigation;
  • Reduction of forest degradation and deforestation;
  • Safeguarding local biodiversity

    Social and economic benefits

  • Strengthening the status of women within indigenous communities;
  • New job opportunities and sustainable income streams;
  • Local education and new technical training for community members;
  • Increased autonomy of indigenous communities;
  • Strengthening food security.
  • Zero Hunger
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Climate Action
  • Life on Land
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Partnership for the goals