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Alianza Biocuenca: Conservation of the Santurban Paramo Ecosystem and its Water Resources

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5888268 km2
Countries
Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
Cities
Santa Cruz; Manaus; La Paz
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Partners: Bavaria S.A. a subsidiary of SAB Miller
Camara de Comercio de Cucuta
Corponor
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
EIS, the waterworks of Cucuta
Gobernacion Norte de Santander
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Municipality of Cucuta
SABMiller Plc
Countries: Colombia
Regions: Colombia
Project SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Sustainable Agriculture (SDG 2.4)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Project Tags:
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Water Funds
Conservation Agriculture/Agronomy
Services Needed: No services needed/offered
Project Type: Collective Action
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jun. 2014  »  Ongoing
Project Website: alianzabiocuenca.co
Project Source: User
Profile Completion: 71%

Project Overview

The Santurbán Páramo is located in northeastern Colombia in the departments of Santander and Norte de Santander covering an area of 150,000 ha. The Santurbán Páramo is considered one of the most emblematic páramos in Colombia and has critical value as a natural reserve for water replenishment, storage, purification, and regulation system. In Norte de Santander, the páramo suplies the headwaters of the two main rivers Zulia and Pamplonita, in Santander it supplies the river...

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The Santurbán Páramo is located in northeastern Colombia in the departments of Santander and Norte de Santander covering an area of 150,000 ha. The Santurbán Páramo is considered one of the most emblematic páramos in Colombia and has critical value as a natural reserve for water replenishment, storage, purification, and regulation system. In Norte de Santander, the páramo suplies the headwaters of the two main rivers Zulia and Pamplonita, in Santander it supplies the rivers Suratá, Tona and Frío, that together provide water to more than 2.2 million people living in the region’s economic hub of Cúcuta. The Santurbán highlands support the livelihoods of several municipalities through farming, livestock, open cast mining and electricity production. Within the Santurbán region, 95% of the inhabitants live from traditional forms of agriculture and artisanal mining. The ecological integrity of the Santurbán páramo and the sustenance of its inhabitants is under serious threat from being permanently damaged. In addition, climate change will aggravate current water stress: emmission scenarios predict high levels of water stress for the area by 2050. The Alianza BioCuenca is based on the successful water fund model in the region, but goes beyond this concept as it is also a platform of cooperation and includes an innovative platform to reach out to the private sector and individuals.

Project Results

∙ Establish a platform to develop mechanisms to invest in conservation measures, as well as schemes to sustainably use natural resources ∙ Increase living standards of inhabitants in the highlands, induce their participation in environmental protection activities and transform their activities into a sustainable form ∙ Develop sustainable practices for the integrated management of the Rio Zulia and Pamplonita watershed to improve the conservation of páramo by incorporati...

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∙ Establish a platform to develop mechanisms to invest in conservation measures, as well as schemes to sustainably use natural resources ∙ Increase living standards of inhabitants in the highlands, induce their participation in environmental protection activities and transform their activities into a sustainable form ∙ Develop sustainable practices for the integrated management of the Rio Zulia and Pamplonita watershed to improve the conservation of páramo by incorporating local communities in land planning exercises

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