A. Bernal and the Arhuacos saving nature – Natural conservancy and restoration in an Indigenous Reserve
Grantee Name: Amanda Bernal
Project Name: Natural conservancy and restoration in an Indigenous Reserve
Grant Location: Santa Marta, COLOMBIA
Project Description: The “Natural conservancy and restoration in an Indigenous Reserve project” aims to protect and restore the dramatically damaged natural habitat in the Arhuaco Indigenous reservation, in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. This project will include the enthusiastic participation of the local schools, children, teachers, women and leaders of several Arhuaco communities, active planting of native trees is advancing, especially in highly disturbed areas. The project covers the unique tropical and subtropical mountain forests damaged by illegal incursions from local agriculturists, by armed conflict and by illicit economy. Through this project, the “One Million Trees” (OTM) for the Sierra will help the suffering tropical environment be rich in medicinal plants, herbs and spices and home to a great variety of birds, from condors to hummingbirds, and many species of mammals and of butterflies.