Three foundations and over 100 supporters for a great project
NIn 2017, Environomica carried out concrete and urgent actions in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, with the help of funding from three foundations and the support of over 100 people from 18 countries. The World Wildlife Fund Italy financed the personnel, the field research and the development of a plan for the conservation of natural resources. The Global Heritage Fund financed research on local cocoa varieties and the training of producers on good agronomic practices. The Rainforest Concern financed the creation of illustrated material and the reforestation activities with elementary and middle school students in remote areas of the region.
SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT IN NUMBERS
3800 TREES PLANTED IN AREAS DAMAGED BY TOURISM AND AGRICULTURE
Over 400 people participated in the reforestation and tree monitoring activities, through several reforestation days and initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the role of trees in the natural environment, in local cultures and in the sustainable development of the region. The 2017 reforestation campaign focused on those sections of the EL Mamey-Ciudad Perdida tourist route which are exposed to erosion. The route leads to the Ciudad Perdida archaeological park in the heart of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta: a path that attracts more than 10,000 tourists a year and represents the main communication route for numerous campesinas and indigenous communities.
130 CHILDREN OF PEASANT AND INDIGENOUS FAMILIES
participated in a series of classes on the role of trees in forest ecology and received an illustrated manual produced by Environomica. The program involved three primary schools and one secondary school located in remote areas of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The classes included a reforestation practical demonstration along watercourses and lands particularly exposed to erosion.
1,200 TREES DONATED TO THE COMMUNITY
for the protection of watercourses and the recovery of land degraded by deforestation and agricultural exploitation. Five landowners, local authorities and community members took part in the initiative and committed to plant and protect the 1,200 trees.
180 HECTARES OF FOREST LAND IN ASSISTED NATURAL REGENERATION
The Environomica forest reserve has been equipped with a tree nursery and an experimental field for the development of natural recovery models of native forests. Five endangered tree species are now the focus of the efforts to restore the Sierra forest ecosystems. The reforestation of the areas inside the reserve and in the surroundings will allow for the reconstruction of biological corridors to protect endangered endemic flora and fauna.
22 FAMILIES OF COCOA PRODUCERS
received training on good agronomic practices and field crop management without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. The training included the distribution of a manual on sustainable organic cocoa production. The manual was conceived and distributed with a Creative Commons license to be reproducible at low cost and to stimulate self-training.
3 RESEARCHERS AND 14 CAMERA TRAPS
have confirmed the presence of several vulnerable mammals and isolated ecosystems within the project area. The initiative saw the involvement of Harmusch, a Spanish association for the study and conservation of the fauna. Thanks to the camera traps, it was possible to identify a family of Leopardus pardalis, a rare example of Leopardus wiedii, and two specimens of Eira barbara.
WWF COLOMBIA RECOGNIZED THESE RESULTS
and declared its support for the project. This important ally will harmonize the scientific effort towards the conservation of this region threatened by human expansion and multinationals.
THE FOUNDATION PRO-SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA
is now the principal ally of Environomica in Colombia. ProSierra has been fighting for over 30 years for the conservation of the region. Thanks to this strategic alliance, we will be able to combine our efforts towards boosting a new season of projects for the Sierra and its communities.
PERSPECTIVES FOR 2018
Building from these encouraging results, this year Environomica wants to continue growth with the following steps:
- 5.000 trees planted and geo-referenced by the end of 2018: thanks to the development of forest nurseries and the experience developed in the field in the last three years, Environomica is ready to interact with a larger number of participants and return more land to forests.
- Forming 200 families of farmers on organic production: combining the efforts with the ProSierra foundation and the international partner CEFA Onlus, this year we intend to involve the producers of the Sierra in a consortium for the production of high quality organic cocoa and cotton.
- Environmental education for 300 students of primary and secondary schools: following the success achieved by the initiative last year, in 2018 Environomica wants to continue the environmental education program in primary and secondary schools in some of the most remote areas of the Sierra.
- Complete the list of vulnerable species in the region: last year Environomica conducted one of the first comprehensive studies on the most vulnerable fauna in the Sierra with unexpected results. For this reason, we believe it is of vital importance to give continuity to this project in 2018.
- Involving a growing number of participants: over 100 people contributed to the realization of these achievements through generous donations. In 2018, we will be present in various Italian cities during sporting and cultural events. We will also give the opportunity to future spouses to give party favors containing an adopted tree.
By adopting a tree today for only € 5, you will reduce your carbon footprint by 700 kg of CO2, create sustainable employment in marginalized areas of Colombia, and help protect one of the most important concentrations of life on the planet: the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.