EU REDD Facility work in Latin America

In Latin America the Facility works with stakeholders in Colombia and Ecuador, focusing on:

  • Monitoring deforestation-free supply chains
  • Financial models for community forestry
  • Improving local land-use governance

Monitoring deforestation-free supply chains

More than half of all deforestation in the world comes from Latin America, with agriculture (mostly pasture), logging, and urbanisation all playing a critical role.

Across Latin America, governments are showing interest in developing deforestation-free supply chains, mostly for agricultural commodities. The EU REDD Facility is helping Ecuador and Colombia to clarify definitions of deforestation-free commodity production, for cocoa in particular. It is also supporting the development of systems for tracking production and export of commodities in ways that protect forests and generate solutions for development. 

Financial models for community forestry

In most Latin American countries, at least 20% of the land is legally in the hands of indigenous and Afro-descendant communities under collective systems. In Colombia, collective land tenure covers almost 38 million hectares, more than a third of the country’s land area. In various countries of the region, national REDD+ strategies identify community forestry as a solution to forest conversion, providing income from forests and an alternative to agriculture. In Colombia, the EU REDD Facility supports the development of financial solutions for community forestry.

Improving local land-use governance

In remote areas of the Amazonian region where public administration is not always well established, alternative local land-use governance mechanisms are critical for tackling deforestation and improving livelihoods. In Colombia, dialogue between indigenous communities and farmers is key for promoting sustainable land use. The EU REDD Facility supports the development of local and intercultural land-use governance models in the Amazonian region.