Colombia - Despite Facing Years of Armed Conflict, Peasant and Afro-Descendent Communities Conserve Mother Earth - Global Forest Coalition
A beekeper analysing a hive.

A beekeper analysing a hive.

Encouraging productive strategies associated with community management and conservation spaces is critical to the communities’ resilience. The peasant communities carry out various collective initiatives like seed saving, biodiversity monitoring, protecting collective aqueducts, and beekeeping.

In Barbas de Mono the community decided that keeping bees would be a productive activity that is good for biodiversity and would bring the community together—there are now hives managed by families and others that are managed by the community as a whole. In the Los Maklenkes reserve, productive activities compatible with the care of the natural heritage within the reserve include the use of non-timber forest products and the propagation of orchids.

Photo by Fundaexpresíon and Censat Agua Viva