Monica Amador-Jimenez & Naomi Millner
The positive impact of BioResilience on the forest communities of the High Andes of Colombia in Monquentiva and in the Tropical Andean Forest in Quinchas between 2019-2022.
IMPACT IN MONQUENTIVA
Socialization of results of the socio-cultural component. July 2021. Picture with the Communal Leaders of the Village of Monquentiva.
1. Reconstruction of socio-environmental history in the Paramo of Monquentiva, 2. International Seminar on Socio-environmental Histories, 3. Strengthening of community associativity for Ecotourism, 4. Accompaniment of the community during the Covid19 crisis, 5 Meetings and workshops on socio-environmental relations in the Paramos, 6. Audiovisual Production: ‘At the Top of the Mountains’, 7. Workshops on indigenous and peasant stories of dwelling in the Paramos, 8. Writing of academic articles, 9. Collaboration with environmental authorities and international conservation NGOs, and 10. Training of local leaders in socio-environmental issues.
Discussion with the communal leaders with regard conservation programmes for the protection of the Regional Natural Park Monquentiva. July 2021.
IMPACT IN QUINCHAS
Positive Impact and Recommendations to environmental authorities by the BioResilience Research Team with regard to socio-environmental conflicts in the Tropical Humid Forest in the Serrania de las Quinchas.
Socialization and workshop ‘Recommendation to environmental authorities for the protection of Serrania de las Quinchas. February 2022.
Recomendations elaborated with peasants of La Serrania de las Quinchas-Boyaca:
- Implementation of the Environmental Management Plan (which expired in 2021) by emphasizing Ecotourism, Ecological Restoration, Sustainable Agriculture, and Land titling and registration within the park and in the area of influence for Inclusive Environmental Governance.
- Definition of the limits of the natural park through explicit demarcation and a lands cadastre inside the Park and in the buffer area for the regularization of land titles to peasants who live inside the natural park through conservation agreements
- To develop Inclusive Environmental Governance with the participation of representatives of the villages and local authorities of the municipalities of Las Quinchas in Boyacá for the definition of conservation strategies.
- Developing a Pilot of Community Forest Monitoring for the Serranía de las Quinchas Natural Park in the Serranía buffer zone and promoting the model of forest concessions that are already successful in Peten-Guatemala
- Generating financing programs for community forestry based on Oil Royalties, but with autonomy from the oil companies, for the development of green businesses associated with community forestry, non-timber forestry, and sustainable agriculture.
- The integration of the peasants of Las Quinchas to the PNIS Program in its implementation and agreement based on the Peace Agreements Between the Colombian Government and FARC guerrillas
- Developing Community Ecotourism from the Veredales Communal Action Boards within and in the area of influence of Las Quinchas
- The installation of a Research Base for the study of Biodiversity, Climate Change Adaptation, and bio-economy within the Natural Park, promoted by the Ministry of Sciences and Technology, the Ministry of Environment, the UPTC University and the University of Boyacá.
- To Promote ecological restoration of the Quinchas with community nurseries managed by the Community Action Boards.