Tropical Dry Forest Habitat Bank -
Cauca River Canyon

Family, restoration, opportunities

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The Tropical Dry Forest Habitat Bank – Cauca River Canyon is locatedlocated in the municipality of Liborina in the department of Antioquia.This new environmental conservation area is located in theRiparian Reserve of the Cauca River.

 

The Bank has an area of 132.67 hectares and is thethird Habitat Bank structured and registered by Terrasos.This in particular will protect the ecosystem of Tropical Dry Forest (BsT) one of the most fragmented and threatened in our country.

 

The properties that today make up the Tropical Dry Forest Habitat Bank – Cauca River Canyon,they had been used for livestock, but a few years ago their owners decided to start a conservation processwhich today is consolidated with the formalization of this initiative, in which we will begin to implement conservation and restoration processes in order to accelerate the recovery of biodiversity in this region andallow the consolidation of safe and lasting ecological corridors for the fauna that lives there.

We structure and implement offset strategies and environmental investments, under criteria of sustainability and permanence. We structure and operate habitat banks and other offsets and investment mechanisms under payment-for-performance schemes.

Importance
of the area
selected

The choice of land to establish the Cauca River Canyon Habitat Bank was made taking into account the presence of the ecosystem ofTropical Dry Forest,whose restoration and preservation at the national level is defined as urgent. In addition, the choice of the area represents a possibility of generating connectivity in the long term. This area ishighly relevant for Colombia and for the regionsince it has an important availability and influence on the water resource, with 5 main drainages that support life, especially in the dry season.Conserving and recovering this ecosystem will have a direct impact on changes in temperature, precipitation, risk management and regional climate resilience.

 

With the implementation of this Habitat Bank,will conserve 10.01 hectares, I knowwill enrich 86.54 hectaresandwill restore 35.87 hectares. These goals will be achieved by replacing artificial coverage with natural coverage, increasing forest coverage through its restoration, as well as conserving forest coverage that is in good condition.

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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Species of conservation importance

According to secondary information and the baseline characterization carried out, in this Habitat Bank we are protecting63 species of plants, 88 species of birds and 7 species of mammalsmedium or large size.

 

Some of the species that will be part of the conservation and restoration processes in this project will be thediomate(Astronium graveolens), which is in a regional ban due to its excessive use, as well as theGuyacan dust(Handroanthus chrysanthus). In terms of fauna, this bank will provide habitat for a species of bird endemic to the Rio Cauca valley in Antioquia known as thePaisa Wren(Thryophilus sernai), which is also in danger of extinction according to the IUCN, due to the high rates of degradation of the Tropical Dry Forest.

Get to know the experience of the owners in the process of joining the Banco de Hábitat!

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“The option was to produce oxygen and conserve biodiversity”

Interview: Mauricio Montoya. July, 2021

 

Mauricio Montoya decided to convert the land that his family has traditionally used for livestock activities into a Habitat Bank, the Habitat Bank of Liborina, in Antioquia.This project will help preserve the Tropical Dry Forest,one of the most threatened ecosystems in Colombia and which has had an impact on its conservation as a result of productive and extractive activities and the development of urban projects.