This document, presented to the government of the United Kingdom, through the International Climate Fund (ICF), propose a portfolio of investments to support Colombia in achieving its zero-net deforestation goal in the Amazon Region by 2020 through promising and implementable interventions to promote private sector engagement and sustainable supply chains in the departments of Caquetá and Guaviare. If successful, donor financial support – and leveraged domestic public and private sector support – will reduce deforestation in Caquetá and Guaviare by replacing dominant deforestation-dependent land use practices with sustainable land management practices, potentially reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with deforestation while enhancing CO2 removals from the atmosphere by restoring degraded pastures into natural forest systems at a scale of approximately 35.5 million tons of CO2 equivalent over ten years.
The adoption of sustainable production systems (including silvopastoral and agroforestry systems) is expected to transform almost 25,000 hectares (ha) of land into sustainable use and benefiting directly over 8,000 rural producers, who would improve their rural livelihoods. This portfolio of investments propose the establishment of new and improved credit lines and financial incentives for rural producers (EcoAgro, Agrosostenible, AgroBosque) and would foster over 100 alliances between producers and companies within target supply chains.
The proposal also includes the design of a program of incentives for municipal governments to reach the 2020 zero-net deforestation goal within territorial management plans.