Bosques Andinos worked for five years in the countries that are part of the Andean mountain range (Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina), with the aim of conserving forests, carbon reservoirs, water resources and native forest species in the Andes, by consolidating and scaling up successful policies, practices, tools and incentive schemes in the region. Here is what has been achieved so far.
There is still an agenda pending
The Andean forest ecosystems of South America cover a little over 30 million hectares and are in their natural state. Some 69 million men and women are living near them in cities and towns that are constantly growing, and are using their ecosystem services. To date, the countries of the Andean region have been taking important steps to position the importance of Andean forests in public policies for combatting climate change, since these ecosystems are strategic to a number of issues including biodiversity conservation, water regulation and conservation beyond carbon sequestration.
Bosques Andinos is starting a second phase, in which it will establish commitments to collaborate as partners to consolidate, replicate and scale up the achievements so far. It will do so by producing knowledge, circulating and using it, and by strengthening policy instruments and financing mechanisms. Here the challenges: