Tropical Dry Forest Habitat Bank of Cesar
Hope, initiative, future

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through theagreement between the USAID Natural Wealth Program, property owners in the department of Cesar and Terrasos, the Cesar Habitat Bank is consolidated, a private initiative where conservation and restoration actions can be carried out in the Tropical Dry Forest, one of the most threatened ecosystems in the country.This Habitat Bank is the fourth registered for Colombia and the second in this type of ecosystem.

The development of this project seeks to preserve and recover930 hectares, located in the municipalities of Valledupar and Copey. For at least 20 years, these lands were dedicated to beef cattle, undersustainable practices, which allowed a significant extension of mature forests to be conserved.With time and as a result of the violence in Colombia, the territory and with it the productive practices were abandoned, which allowed the recovery of more extensions of forest.

 

Currently, the owners, who were able to return to the territory after 15 years, have decidedcontinue promoting the conservation and recovery of the forestand be linked to the Habitat Bank Project to contribute not only to the conservation of ecosystems, but also to therural economic development.

Transformation of the territory

This new Habitat Bank will be able to coexist with infrastructure projects such as roads, power transmission lines and power generation through solar panels, a reality that helpsbreak paradigms related to the fact that conservation projects can only be developed in areas with little or no intervention.Likewise, it opens the door to the possibility of linking areas of properties immersed in transformed matrices, precisely asmeasure to contain the expansion of the agricultural frontier.

If your work, project or activity is in any of the blue areas of the maps that appear on the side, youcan comply with its environmental obligations in this Habitat Bankderived from compulsory investments of no less than 1% or compensation for loss of biodiversity, both mandatory and voluntary.

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Importance ofthe areaselected

The Cesar Tropical Dry Forest Habitat Bank is located within a remnant of the Tropical Dry Forest (BsT),fundamental ecosystem for the conservation of diverse endemic species of the region, as well as for water regulation, soil fertility, food production, carbon fixation, contribution to the cultural, environmental, economic and social development of the area, which is why the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development hascataloged as a strategic ecosystem in the country.

 

Specifically in the Caribbean, it is estimated that about half of the 417,838 ha of BsT remains in Colombia, however, the decrease is considerable in the Cesar River basin where 70.4% of the coverage compared to 1986. Considering the conservation and management needs of this ecosystem,The establishment of the Habitat Bank is configured as a mechanism that contributes to regional conservation processes.

Species of conservation importance

According to secondary information and the baseline characterization carried out, in this Habitat Bank we are protecting more than72 species of vascular plants,200 bird and 27 mammal species

This Bank serves as a habitat for species such as el Capuchin monkey (Cebus versicolor), a primate endemic to Colombia,6 almost endemic bird species, as well as more than30 species of fauna and flora listed in some of the CITES appendices and in some of the IUCN threat categories. The presence of these species validates the importance of directing conservation efforts in the relicts of the Tropical Dry Forest in the department of Cesar.