Colombia Baudó Project

The Choco Province is one of the most threatened rainforest regions in Colombia.

Colombia is a nation known for its rich forest. The country is considered the second most biologically diverse country on earth. In fact, more than 54% of the land is forested land. However, the global demand for wood has resulted to Colombia losing around 200,000 hectares of natural forest per year. The poverty conditions of the communities living in the forest and lack of alternative sources of income combined with the global demand for wood has resulted in a significant decline in Colombia’s natural forests.

In response to this, Conservation Central Network have recently forged a partnership with Land Economics Management Consultants (‘LEMCO’) for the creation of investment opportunities in Forest Conservation projects in Colombia.

LEMCO has committed to ensure that Colombia’s forests are preserved and developed in an ethical and sustainable way.

LEMCO has already laid the foundation work of identifying and developing projects in partnership with communities, landowners, timber interests, governments and the not-for-profit sector.

In addition to programs of reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD), CCN, in partnership with LEMCO and its’ group of consultants, is currently supporting the required studies to ascertain the eligibility of a variety of other integrated land development programs such as biofuels, sustainable forestry management, reforestation programs and biomass plantations.

LEMCO has offices in Bogotá, with an experienced team of local professionals who are in charge of: a) identifying potential areas to develop forestry carbon projects with local communities and private owners, b) formalising Land Economics Management Agreements with the legal owners of eligible land which has the best conditions for a successful project and c) undertaking all the required studies for due compliance of projects under the VCS and CCBA standards.



The Baudó REDD Project in Colombia is located in the southern end of the Chocó Province, which is one of the most threatened rainforest-regions in Colombia.

Situated in the Alto Baudó and Medio Baudó municipalities, it includes the following communities:

1. Consejo Comunitario General de Río Baudo y sus afluentes ACABA. (Afrocolombian Community Council)

2. Asociación del Cabildo Indígena del Alto Baudó, ACIABNA. (Association of 4 Indigenous reservations) 

  • Represented by a non-government organisation created for social and community development purposes.
  • There are 41 communities in the area of the project, 37 of them are Afro-descendant, 4 of them are Indigenous Reservations.
  • The population in the area is estimated at 16,923 people.
  • Pre-feasibility data are already in place.
  • Main barriers to sustainability are illegal mining, illegal logging, illicit crops and agriculture.

The long-term benefits of REDD initiatives are invaluable to the local communities, the environment and to the global fight on climate change. Specifically, they promote and result to watershed protection and restoration, control of erosion, biodiversity preservation, climate mitigation and adaptation, community stabilisation, new local businesses and employment, skills and capacity building, access to capital markets, new foreign direct investments and sustainable development in the country and in the region.

To read more about the Baudó REDD Project in Colombia download the following brochure click here.


Choco Province Facts

The total area of Colombia is 1,141,748 square kilometres (114 million hectares, or approx. 440,831 square miles). This area is approximately equal to the land area of Portugal, France and Spain combined. Colombia is the second most biologically diverse country on Earth, home to about 10% of the world's species.

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