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Case studies describe application of CAMPA in the Gorgona and Sanquianga National Protected Areas in Colombia; Nosy Hara and Ambodivahibe Marine Protected Areas in northern Madagascar and two small protected areas in the Island Garden City of Samal in the Philippines.
Top 10 Lessons Learned from developing CAMPA and a bit of advice!
For the first time, The State of the Birds of Colombia evaluates the status and priorities for the conservation of Colombian birds. Unfortunately, the status of birds in the country has deteriorated rapidly over recent decades.
With the support of hundreds of researchers, this new publication highlights the serious problems facing birds in Colombia—establishing a barometer for the state of the environment in this, the richest country for birds on earth.
United Women Artisans’ Association of Los Límites (ASOARTESANAS) operates in an area of northern Colombia which contains the last remaining population of cotton-top tamarin monkeys. The cotton-top tamarin faces threats from deforestation and hunting, as well as human capture for sale in the illegal pet trade. ASOARTESANAS produces stuffed animal toys of the cotton-top tamarin, providing a new source of income while simultaneously raising awareness of the threats posed to this endangered species.
Serraniagua Corporation works to ensure the connectivity of protected areas throughout Colombia’s Cordillera Occidental mountain range, a key component of the Chocó-Manabí Conservation Corridor. The group connects the conservation corridors of the Tatamá National Park and Serrania de los Paraguas (renowned for their high biodiversity and species endemism) through a series of 60 community-managed and seven state-managed nature reserves, and encourages a high level of participation on the part of local and indigenous communities in environmental planning processes for these areas.
In 1996, six women from the small communities of Tanado and Samurindo in the Chocó Region of Colombia partnered with an environmental NGO to add value to the harvesting and processing of aromatic and medicinal plants. Low prices and the time spent in collecting these plants made this traditional livelihood a relatively unproductive activity. With training and funding support, this women producers’ initiative developed an organic certification process, and began sustainably harvesting, processing, and marketing a mixture of wild herbs under the brand name ‘Tana Organic Spices’.
The Nasa Project (Proyecto Nasa) aims to increase the political and organizational capacity of Colombia’s indigenous Páez peoples, who have been disproportionately affected by violence in the Cauca region. By strengthening regional political autonomy and exercising their political rights, the indigenous groups involved in the project have successfully lobbied for access to a greater share of public funds and services.
The Department of Cauca in southern Colombia has suffered from years of armed guerilla conflict, which has left a struggling local economy and high levels of poverty in its wake. The Inter-institutional Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture has worked since 1993 to make local agriculture more profitable and sustainable by introducing new high-value crops and encouraging agriculture-related businesses. Along with this work has come an attention to social welfare and community organizing that has helped to overcome the disruption caused by years of conflict.