Mechanisms of conservation and restoration in private lands as a tool for the conservation of strategic ecosystems



Strategies for community and private participation in the conservation of threatened natural ecosystems.

Mr. Sebastian Orjuela. Corporación Ambiental y Forestal del Pacifico - CORFOPAL Colombia

Co-organiser 1: Bibiana Salamanca

Co-organiser 2: Marc hoogeslag


Description: The conservation of biodiversity and natural ecosystems is an inherent necessity of society in general because of the services that nature provides, society in general is dependent or favored, and in addition, it is a duty of all as citizens to contribute to this common benefit. However, a large part of the difficulties faced by conservation is the lack of knowledge about who and how different members of the communities should and can contribute. In this scenario, rural communities and private landowners can participate in conservation in different ways.

Currently, natural ecosystems are threatened by different sources of pressure where the common denominator is human intervention, so we can understand private conservation as the set of voluntary actions that generate conservation processes and, at the same time, articulate the planning of the territory and the management of natural resources with civil society. From the norms for the participation of civil society, private conservation corresponds to the legal instruments that are used to conserve biodiversity in a private property area, determining an end for the conservation of biodiversity, either by contract (agreement of wills ), or through a unilateral act (for example, maintaining a reserve area). Private conservation can happen individually on a farm or collectively through agreements of wills, so that the conservation happens by voluntary acts that respond to visions and convictions of the owner or owner of the property on which it intended or develop conservation actions.

In this symposium, the focus of participation is on how community members and owners of private properties can be aware in situations that affect the environment and direct participants in the conservation of natural resources, either by using mechanisms of participation from the communities, and as owners of land that voluntarily allocate areas of their property as contributors to conservation. These two issues proposed as potential to complement the protection actions that government institutions take forward in favor of conservation in territories where productive systems and rural communities exist.


Keywords: Conservation, Restoration, Flooding Forest, Dry Forest, Private Lands.


Justification: The processes destined to the care of vegetal covers, maintenance of natural ecosystems and preservation of species are one of the best tools to preserve the ecosystem services that the biodiversity offers in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the countries that are in this geography are cataloged as the most biodiverse in the world. For these enterprises to be effective, the proper management of sustainable processes under different initiatives in which civil society participates is essential and in which it is possible to promote different types of tools that allow a beneficial process in three points of view that are: environmental , economic and social. To this end, different stakeholders interested in conservation are involved, so that the care of their coverage’s and learning of environmentally friendly management can be replicated by the other members of the community, and these initiatives can become the best tool of sustainability for a region.


Symposium Length: 6 - Presentations total

Presentation 1: Case Study Santa Rosa Micro-basin, Conservation and Sustainable Production

Sebastian Orjuela

Corporación Ambiental y Forestal del Pacifico - CORFOPAL


Presentation 2: Conservation Santa Marta Dry Forest

Bibiana Salamanca

Fundación Bachaqueros


Presentation 3: Purchase of land as a conservation mechanism

Marc Hoogeslag

IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands (IUCN NL)


Presentation 4: GEF-Satoyama Project” aims to achieve societies in harmony with nature, with sustainable primary production sector based on traditional and modern wisdom, and to make significant contributions to global targets for conservation of biological diversity.

Devon Dublin

Conservation International Japan


Presentation 5: Biodiversity conservation at the landscape scale: common benefits in private lands

German Forero

Wildlife Conservation Society Colombia


Presentation 6: Conservation agreements and incentives in rural areas of Colombia

Carlos Saavedra

Wildlife Conservation Society Colombia

Additional information: Simultaneous translation service; After the presentations, a one-hour discussion plenary will be held.