Environmental protection requires long-term commitment from local actors, yet the world’s second most biodiverse country, Colombia, has almost no local philanthropic organizations dedicated to conserving its natural resources in partnership with grassroots groups. At the IAF, we foster local philanthropic sectors and unlock additional public and private resources for long-term development. Our grantee partner Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad (AAS) is mobilizing international and national funding sources to create the Fondo Socioambiental Emerger (Fondo Emerger), a social-environmental fund inspired by the principles of community philanthropy. Fondo Emerger will support initiatives led by community-based organizations and social movements to advance the sustainable management of territories, commonly-held natural resources, and livelihoods.
This grant includes funds to support the recovery and reconstruction of food production and marketing systems, specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.