The Community REDD+ Portfolio has undertaken actions aimed at forests and biodiversity conservation, strengthening productive chains with low environmental impact, promoting training and decision-making spaces for communities, and encouraging women’s participation and influence within the framework of REDD+ projects. Reaching these goals and objectives has implied some challenges. Here, we tell you how we did it.
Logging is one of the most common income-generating activities in the Biogeographic Chocó. Mismanagement of this practice can irreparably degrade forests, extracting valuable species and endangering the entire ecosystem. What other options do communities have for their economic livelihoods other than timber?
The forests and the land oﬀer non-timber products and productive alternatives to beneﬁt from, which generate employment and guarantee the sustainability and conservation of forests.
With all the beneﬁts and resources that the forest, the crops and the territory provide, the REDD+ Community Portfolio joins eﬀorts to FOSTER value chains for communities, such as achiote, naidí, coconut, cacao, chontaduro and ﬁshing.
Local knowledge about forest products and crops, together with training, technical reinforcement, product transformation and the creation of commercial partnerships, have motivated people to become involved in economic activities with low environmental impact. This has enabled forest protection and biodiversity conservation, and provided employment and collective work opportunities to generate income for families, improving the quality of life of the territory’s inhabitants.
Organized communities that can live with and oﬀ the forest!