Field trip to Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali
La Castañuela, a small cattle, coffee, and fruit farm, is located near a national park in Colombia, the Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali. The farmer has begun a project to restore degraded land on his estate by planting trees and conserving remnant forest. The project is supported by a regional government agency called the CVC (Corporación autónoma regional del Valle del Cauca) which has set up a "Reciprocal Water Agreement" between landholders in upper watershed of the Cali river and downstream recipients in the city. Through the agreement, the farmer receives assistance for restoration and conservation activities that help improve water quality and quantity downstream.
Projects like La Castañuela are supported by governments, investors, and technical partners through Initiative 20x20, a country-led effort to change the dynamics of land degradation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Countries, financial partners, and technical partners have set the goal of bringing 20 million hectares of degraded land in the region into restoration by 2020.
Learn more at initiative20x20.org/
Photo by James Anderson, World Resources Institute.