Forest conservation and species protection through nature conservation contracts and land purchase
The area of this REDD+ nature conservation project is located in the center of Colombia, near Dorada. In order to protect the local fauna and flora from overgrazing and forest degradation, an area of 600 hectares is being developed as a model farm within the Las Mercedes project and a further 7,000 hectares are being sustainably managed in cooperation with local farmers. Sustainable management will lead to higher yields in the long run and ensure the protection of the forest against deforestation. Furthermore, the forest will be used for research and art purposes as a method for sustainable awareness-raising. Through this project, 12,000 tons of CO2 are stored in the Las Mercedes project every year.