Commitment to Action

Improving Colombia's Biodiversity and Water Management

Commitment by

Rare

In 2014, Rare committed to implement its model of Reciprocal Water Agreements (ARAs for their name in Spanish) in seven sites in the Region of Valle del Cauca in Colombia, in partnership with the Corporaci?n Aut?noma Regional del Valle del Cauca (CVC), regional water utility and environmental authority in Colombia. ARAs offer a viable and scalable approach to safeguarding Andean cloud forests, protecting delicate and globally-unique ecosystems and preserving clean fresh water for thousands of people downstream. Under ARAs, land owners, water users and local authorities within a watershed work together on a simple, locally-negotiated and owned solution to conserve forests and other ecosystems which regulate water provision in key watersheds. This enables upstream land users to sustainably manage their cloud-forest terrain and deliver a quantifiable improvement in the clean water supply. Rare will train 140 emerging local leaders and their families using a targeted and systematic method to change social norms; often, they mentor additional local conservation leaders to negotiate ARAs and conserve unique biodiversity.

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Commitment

Improving Colombia's Biodiversity and Water Management

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value

$2,700,000

Region

Latin America & Caribbean

Countries

COLOMBIA

Commitment by

Rare

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Republic of Colombia