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Project description:

The Colombian government is planning to expand and sustainably manage
protected areas in marine and coastal zones. The project helps environmental
institutions to identify, prioritise and designate marine and coastal zones as protected areas. To this end, it analyses the impacts of climate change scenarios on various marine and coastal areas in the Caribbean Sea and supports the country in the designation of new protected areas. The project also develops and implements a sustainable management strategy for these areas in cooperation with local communities and institutions. In this way, it helps to conserve biodiversity, to mitigate the consequences of climate change and to safeguard the traditional livelihoods of local communities. The capacities of state and civil society stakeholders are also strengthened, enabling them to better adapt to climate change and to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Project data:

Countries: Colombia
IKI funding: 5,140,000.00 €
Duration: 01/2019 till 06/2023
Status: open
Implementing organisation: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
(GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner: Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) –
Implementing Partner: Leibniz-Zentrum für marine Tropenökologie (ZMT) – Deutschland
National Parks of Colombia (PNC) – Colombia
Research Institute for Marine and Coastal Areas (INVEMAR) – Colombia

State of implementation/results:
  • The project has created a communication strategy. The results will be made available on the Counterparts political partners intranet (…).
  • In addition, the project has produced posters on ecosystem services related to threatened species, such as spiny lobsters, in Bahía Honda and Bahía Hondita from the Wayúu perspective. Furthermore, different systematizations were developed in pictorial form for the Afro-Colombian communities in Acandí and other thematic posters were made.
  • A drawing competition to raise awareness of the ecosystem services of the mangroves was held repeatedly at the Bahía Hondita school, with the participation of 160 children.
  • At the World Fisheries Congress (WFC 2021) in September 2021 in Australia, the agreements between the Wayúu and the fisheries authority AUNAP for sustainable use through good fishing practices within the framework of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management were presented as a poster presentation.
  • The illustrations (regional concept La Guajira:…) and infographics on project-relevant topics developed in the project are available to the political partners and the communities in the project area.
  • The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) supports the project with highly specific expertise on sustainable management of marine protected areas and on financing mechanisms. The consulting results will be systematized within the framework of an accompanying doctoral thesis and published as a handbook at the end of the project. In the future, this handbook will provide practitioners and scientists with a valuable tool for planning a concrete payment mechanism for ecosystem services in order to be able to assess the economic, ecological and social potentials and risks associated with blockchain technology.
  • Training specifically for women’s groups in arts and crafts was also conducted, as well as a related video produced (…).
  • Wayuu women from the communities of Yariwanichi and Portete in Alta Guajira participated in the Farex Fair in Cartagena in January 2022. They exhibited and sold their traditional handicrafts inspired by the landscapes and ecosystems of PNN Bahía Portete Kaurrele (…).
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