This webinar originally aired on March 6, 2024.

Presented by: Paula Cristina Sierra Correa and Anny Paola Zamora Bornachera of INVEMAR

Description: Vida Manglar Project is a joint initiative of local communities and institutions to reduce the effects of climate change and conserve the mangrove ecosystems of the Columbian Caribbean. The project seeks the certification of actions that reduce carbon emissions from the loss of mangrove forests. It has achieved certifications from Verra’s Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards, allowing it to enter the carbon credit market. Some of the project’s activities include establishing conservation and restoration agreements with local communities and ranchers and creating alternative livelihoods – such as ecotourism; beekeeping; and participatory monitoring of manatee, caiman, river otters, and birds – for local communities. Project activities benefit 12.000 inhabitants that rely on mangrove forest ecosystem services, 435 families, and 14 mangrove community organizations. As a whole, the project to date has avoided the emission of about 69.000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and aims to avoid the emission of about 930.000 tons CO2 over the next 20 years.

Hosted by: OCTO and IUCN on behalf of SEA Success, a UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge project ( The UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge is made possible by funding from Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and NORAD, the Norwegian agency for development cooperation.

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