More than 30,000 trees were planted in the first massive tree planting by the Colombian Amazon | WWF

More than 30,000 trees were planted in the first massive tree planting by the Colombian Amazon

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03 julio 2019
Thanks to the initiative led by WWF, Corpoamazonia and Patrimonio Natural, on June 16th and 17th took place the first large collective tree planting out in the Colombian Amazon. More than 13 local villages participated in this activity.
 
More than 54 organizations were part of the first massive tree planting realized on June 16th and 17th, including the national army and police, the provincial councils, several peasant groups and schools of this natural region. This citizen initiative, designed by one of the community members who participated in the conservation process of the Distrito de Conservación de Suelos y Aguas del Caquetá, was carried out in 13 municipalities of the department, which in recent years has concentrated the highest rate of deforestation in the country, according to data from the Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales (Ideam).
 
The initiative is part of one of the strategies to restore and protect the Distrito de Conservación de Suelos y Aguas del Caquetá, a territory of 300,000 hectares, key to preserve different water sources that supply fresh water to the region and to strengthen biological corridors between the Andes and the Amazon, profitable for emblematic species such as the jaguar and the Andean bear.


 
For David Fajardo, Governance Officer of the Amazonian Piedmont of the WWF Colombia, the activity day was a total success, because beyond the number of trees planted, strengthened relations between the local community, now aware of the accelerated loss of forest and urgency to act to counter it. "Activities like these make people take more ownership of their territory and what may happen to them in the future; they're not going to want someone to finish all the work they did.”
 
This first action day left significant results. It summoned more organizations than expected and exceeded the number of trees planted, doubling the expectations of the leading institutions; reasons enough to repeat the activity during the next months.


 
The dramatic deforestation experiencing by Colombia
 
According to the recent report of early warning system of Ideam, the Amazon is the region most affected by the destroy of its forests since more than 70% of the deforestation in Colombia is occurring there. In the last 50 years, the largest tropical rainforest in the world has lost 17% of its forest cover as a result of livestock and agriculture advances; mining and infrastructure construction, among other threats. The most affected departments in the country are Caquetá (45.9%), Meta (13.1%) and Guaviare (9.8%). In Caquetá, local communities like Cartagena del Chairá (17.7%), San Vicente del Caguán (16.9%), Solano (10.7%), Puerto Guzmán (5.6%) and San José del Guaviare (4.4%) concentrate the largest amounts of detections of deforestation.
 
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