In the community of Puerto Pinzón in the lowland rain forests of central Colombia’s Magdalena Valley, the ecosystems of the Amazon and Chocó converge to produce astonishing levels of biodiversity. In collaboration with a local Colombian partner, Women for Conservation has worked to protect the Critically Endangered Blue-billed Curassow and its unique habitat by raising awareness and empowering local women's groups to save this spectacular species.
Empowering Women and Saving Endangered Species
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia holds astounding levels of endemic wildlife. Sadly, many of these species are on the verge of extinction due to extreme habitat loss as 85% of the region’s forests have been destroyed during the past four decades. Women in these communities are working to find alternative incomes with sustainable practices to live in harmony with nature, and Women for Conservation is empowering them with training and support to ensure the protection of this remarkable ecosystem.
Working with rural women and indigenous communities as The Embera and Embera Chami to protect the most diverse and important tropical forest sites on earth. This area protects the watershed of the Rio Atrato - the Chocó’s most important river which serves as a vital economic sources for the tens of thousands of inhabitants living in rural communities.