Colombia’s Andean cloud forests are some of the most biodiverse in the world, and local communities depend on them for their livelihoods. They are also extremely fragile. The forests in the Paraguas-Munchique conservation corridor are endangered by a growing population, weekend tourism from urban areas, and high levels of pollution from nearby industries. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to protect the environment, expand economic opportunities for local populations, and strengthen governance in Colombia. Our grantee partner, Fundación Ambiental DapaViva (DapaViva), promotes sustainable ecosystems and livelihoods in four communities of Yumbo, Valle del Cauca, by engaging schools, residents, local businesses, community organizations, and the municipal conservation authorities in conserving their environment through applied education, eco-tourism, and strengthened monitoring systems.
This grant is part of the IAF’s broader initiative to build a just and lasting peace in Colombia.