Rehabilitation of degraded lands through silvopastoral systems and reforestation in the savannas of Cordoba, Colombia

Published on 30 November 2011

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Start Date: 6 December 2005 | End Date: 6 March 2012


In 2005, CIAT helped initiate a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project to recuperate degraded tropical savannas of northern Colombia. The project aimed to enhance productivity and natural resources of 2,600 hectares of land by supporting the establishment of silvopastoral systems and reforested areas.

Benefits are many. Landowners increased their income with these profitable land uses, while CVS recovered their initial investment in helping to establish the land use systems. The payments for environmental services enabled these benefits. The BioCarbon Fund of the World Bank acted as a broker for the certified Carbon Emission Reductions (CERs). More farmers can benefit from expanded environmental conservation efforts.

Since 2006, the project has met numerous stringent requirements of the CERs negotiation and certification process. This was the first reforestation project negotiated in Colombia with the BioCarbon Fund.


Donor: The World Bank through Corporación Autónoma Regional de los Valles del Sinú y del San Jorge (CVS)


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