Paramos Y Bosques Sustainable Development Report

Paramos Y Bosques region, Colombia


Paramos Y Bosques

This page details the UN Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by the SeaTrees Paramos Y Bosques project in the Choco Eco-Region of Colombia.

Sustainable Development in Colombia

This is one of the first REDD+ projects led by the local indigenous community. The people of the eight project sites collectively own and operate the project and serve as the primary decision-makers, with long-term capacity building facilitated under ongoing USAID support. All value from the project goes directly to the local community.


Community-Led Project

Key Impact Metrics

- Sustainable conservation and community management of the mangrove ecosystem, marshes, and associated streams.

- Local governance of protected marine-coastal areas at the regional level.

- Economic empowerment of community groups and increased job opportunities.

- Habitat protection for vulnerable flora and fauna species.

- Generates 70 million tons of verified emissions reductions over 30 years.

- Improves the well-being of over 40,000 local people.

- Promotes ecotourism in the project area.

- Strengthens efforts to safeguard the area's cultural and natural heritage.

Sustainable Development Goals addressed by the project

SeaTrees evaluates this project annually to measure its impact on all relevant Sustainable Development Goals. The Paramos Y Bosques project addresses six SDGs. Read below for more details.

No Poverty

This area is one of Colombia’s poorest and historically marginalized regions. This project improves the well-being of over 40,000 people, and increases employment opportunities for the local afro-descendent and indigenous communities. Implementing strategic mangrove planting practices will increase the flow of income to all eight project sites, and all value from the project goes directly to the local commmunity.

Gender Equality

This is one of the first REDD+ projects led by the local indigenous community, and a significant proportion of managerial positions are held by women. The facilitation of this project will additionally enforce and monitor equality and non-discrimination both in positions held and in decision-making.

Decent Work

Benefits for this project include economic empowerment of community groups, increased job opportunities, promotion of ecotourism, and strengthening of local governance. Additionally, this project will provide total per capita expenditure (public and private) for the preservation, protection and conservation of all cultural and natural heritage.

Climate Change

Climate change is a global issue that threatens all societies. As a VCS and CCBA verified REDD+ project, this project prevents the emission of an average of 1.2 million tons of CO2 each year by avoiding deforestation and forest degradation.

REDD+ is one of the only promising options that provides these communities with a meaningful alternative livelihood, one based on incentives and rewards for effective conservation.

Life Below Water

The Paramos Y Bosques region is a highly productive marine-coastal ecosystem that provides protection against coastal erosion, water purification, flood control, significant carbon stocks, and shelter for a variety of vulnerable species such as birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

This project aims to conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine areas, as well as sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and taking measures to restore the health and productivity of the oceans.

Life on Land

Located along Colombia's Pacific coast, the Paramos Y Bosques region includes eight project sites and three mangrove forest-protected areas along the Gulf of Morrosquillo. This project conserves 500,000 hectares of South American tropical forest, which is home to 10% of the entire planet’s animal and plant species.

This project promotes sustainable management of all types of forests, and works to end deforestation, restore degraded forests and increase global afforestation and reforestation