5. Enabling the establishment of new and more effective management of protected areas
Protecting places which provide environmental services that sustain our life and guarantee our wellbeing and that of species that live there is a fundamental part of our DNA.
Human societies never stop: we are life and, as such, we need vital resources. We conquer territories, we occupy ever more space, and we transform nature into products and services. It is therefore essential that the relevant authorities should protect areas with the greatest biological value, so that natural ecological processes can be maintained and the impact of human activity can be reduced.
We celebrate the fact that on December 22, Codechocó declared a new protected area (Integrated Management District--DMI) in the Upper Atrato region, in Chocó province, after two years of hard work by Codechocó, Fundación Constructores de Paz and WWF. The Upper Atrato DMI covers an area of approximately 18,000 hectares, protects the source of the Atrato River, and is the only protected area declared by Codechocó that protects high Andes moorland ecosystems (i.e. Paramos). This has been achieved as part of the GEF Biodiversity Conservation project in landscapes affected by mining, which was executed by WWF in conjunction with UNDP and other strategic partners.
Carmen de Atrato, Chocó
This is another crucial contribution to reaching the national goal of three million hectares of new protected areas established by 2018. Similarly, we are working with National Parks to reinforce existing areas and to ensure that they are managed more effectively, and three parks were recognized on the IUCN Green List. We are also making progress on structuring a financial mechanism called Colombia´s Heritage (Herencia Colombia), which will provide full, permanent financing for protected areas.