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Status on Key Actions

PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 2 - Activity fully underway 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 4 - Activity completed 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 4 - Activity completed 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 2 - Activity fully underway 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.1: Progress in assessing the contribution of protected areas to local and national economies 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 4 - Activity completed 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
Progress in marine protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1

Priority Actions

2012 - 2018

Integrate protected areas into broader landscapes, seascapes and other sectors
2012 - 2015 $891,000
2016 $236,000 Raise public awareness on the importance and role of conservation of protected areas and of SINAP in sustainable development
2013 $180,000 Effectively articulate planning and management of protected areas in land use planning and environmental management
2013 $195,000 Incorporate SINAP and protected areas as an environmental criteria for decision-making with regards to plans, programs, projects and activities in the productive sectors
2016 $280,000 Adapt natural resources management practices and technologies into PAs and surrounding areas, as well as in conservation corridors.
2014 Position SINAP and the costs and benefits derived from conservation with decision-makers at local, regional, national and international levels.
Strengthen and integrate national and regional protected areas systems
2012 - 2018 $730,000
2014 $110,000 Apply tools and mechanisms to promote the effective participation of different actors in the consolidation of SINAP
2014 $290,000 Consolidate a normative framework and public policies for the development of SINAP
2015 $220,000 Generate knowledge of the biological, cultural and social attributes of protected areas systems and monitor the conservation target values ​​to support decision-making about SINAP management.
2014 $110,000 Optimize administration and information flow between SINAP's different management levels.
Incorporation of climate change aspects into protected areas management
2012 - 2014 $768,000
2013 $115,000 Capacity-building in National Parks to run vulnerability analyzes in other areas of the National Parks System (SPNN for its acronym in Spanish)
2013 $118,000 Application of vulnerability analysis in 2 regions / corridors (Andes and the Caribbean for being most vulnerable) to assess vulnerability methodologies.
2013 $245,000 Application of vulnerability analysis in all areas of the system
2014 $180,000 Prioritization and vulnerability analysis in different thematic sub-system under the Regional Protected Areas System (SIRAP for its Spanish acronym): moors with mangroves, cloud forest, etc.
2014 $110,000 Generate conceptual tools to integrate climate change analysis and the practice of conservation priorities
Increase representation in coastal marine ecosystems and strengthen management.
2012 - 2015 $1,040,000
2012 - 2014 $110,000 Strengthen capacities for authorities for the establishment, planning and management of marine protected areas.
2012 - 2014 $130,000 Advance declaration process of priority sites identified for conservation in coastal marine areas.
2014 - 2015 $635,000 Implement appropriate mechanisms for monitoring and surveillance for the management of marine protected areas.
2014 - 2015 $165,000 Building strengths and skills in the teams managing marine protected areas
Gaps and conservation priorities
2012 - 2013 $2,050,000
2015 $210,000 Keep SINAP's protected areas registry updated and functioning
2013 $460,000 Build an ongoing and adaptive, multicriteria and multi-scale identification process of priority areas for "in situ" conservation of Biodiversity, in order to consolidate a single country portfolio that integrates national and regional perspectives.
2013 $240,000 Establish conservation goals for the National System of Protected Areas and the various subsystems.
2012 $110,000 Consolidate procedures at national, regional and local level for the establishment of protected areas
2015 $1,030,000 Undertake the required studies to establish conservation priorities in the oceanic zone and to incorporate fine filter criteria and climate change.
Financial sustainability
2012 - 2014 $1,675,000
2012 - 2013 $180,000 Analysis and assessment of financial gaps in SINAP's Action Plan financing, its sub-systems and protected areas.
2012 - 2014 $920,000 Develop and promote economic and financial tools (incentive payments) and mechanisms (proposals and cooperation) for the protected areas system.
2012 $175,000 Identify and standardize criteria for recording financial information in all institutions working in SINAP and structure/coordinate the flow of information.
2012 - 2013 $120,000 Identification and development of efficiency and effectiveness indicators in the investment of financial resources in protected area systems
2012 - 2014 $280,000 Development of legal tools that allow the implementation of financial strategies

GEF Projects

Colombia is a member of a constituency comprised of the following 3 countries : Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador
Name Focus Approved On Completed On Status Grant Cofinance
Conservation of Biodiversity in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Biodiversity 1999-12-01 Cancelled 9,375,000 USD 11,490,000 USD
A Participatory Approach to Managing the Environment: An Input to the Inter-American Strategy for Participation (ISP) Multi Focal Area 1997-08-01 2000-06-30 Project Closure 720,000 USD 840,000 USD
SolarChill Development, Testing and Technology Transfer Outreach Climate Change 2011-11-09 Council Approved 2,714,529 USD 5,662,900 USD
Communities of Conservation: Safeguarding the World's Most Threatened Species Biodiversity 2009-01-27 Under Implementation 1,825,000 USD 1,775,000 USD
Facilitation of Financing for Biodiversity-based Businesses and Support of Market Development Activities in the Andean Region Biodiversity 2008-07-28 Under Implementation 6,764,021 USD 7,897,954 USD
Integrated and Sustainable Management of Transboundary Water Resources in the Amazon River Basin Considering Climate Variability and Climate Change Multi Focal Area 2007-11-16 CEO Endorsed 7,700,000 USD 43,780,090 USD
Building Wider Public and Private Constituences for the GEF in Latin America and the Caribbean: Regional Promotion of Global Environment Protection through the Electronic Media Multi Focal Area 2001-07-11 2004-07-01 Project Closure 998,062 USD 959,132 USD
Conservation of the Biodiversity of the Paramo in the Northern and Central Andes Biodiversity 2005-06-08 2012-02-01 Under Implementation 8,858,980 USD 10,532,374 USD
Reducing Pesticide Run-off to the Caribbean Sea International Waters 2002-05-17 2011-06-01 Under Implementation 4,585,000 USD 5,752,000 USD
Demonstrations of Innovative Approaches to the Rehabilitation of Heavily Contaminated Bays in the Wider Caribbean International Waters 1999-05-07 2011-12-30 Project Completion 9,410,000 USD 25,860,000 USD
Reduction of Environmental Impact from Tropical Shrimp Trawling through Introduction of By-catch Technologies and Change of Management International Waters 2000-11-01 IA Approved 4,780,000 USD 4,440,000 USD
Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Dry Ecosystems to Guarantee the Flow of Ecosystem Services and to Mitigate the Processes of Deforestation and Desertification Multi Focal Area 2012-02-29 Council Approved 8,887,819 USD 39,460,200 USD
Adaptation to Climate Impacts in Water Regulation and Supply for the Area of Chingaza - Sumapaz - Guerrero Climate Change 2011-11-10 Council Approved 4,215,750 USD 23,300,000 USD
Third National Communication to the UNFCCC Climate Change 2011-11-09 Council Approved 2,000,000 USD 1,682,000 USD
Energy Efficiency Standards and Labels in Colombia (S&L Colombia) Climate Change 2009-06-24 CEO Endorsed 2,500,000 USD 7,500,000 USD
Naya Biological Corridor in the Munchique-Pinche Sector Biodiversity 2003-02-05 2007-03-30 Project Closure 750,000 USD 1,466,000 USD
Capacity Building for the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol Biodiversity 2002-10-15 IA Approved 1,000,000 USD 3,478,000 USD
Assessment of Capacity Building Needs and Country Specific Priorities in the Conservation of Biodiversity, and Participation in the National Clearing House Mechanism - Biodiversity 2003-01-14 IA Approved 147,350 USD 26,280 USD
Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Mataven Forest Biodiversity 2001-01-23 2004-12-31 Project Closure 750,000 USD 641,000 USD
Caribbean Archipelago Biosphere Reserve: Regional Marine Protected Area System Biodiversity 2000-05-01 2005-06-30 Project Closure 1,000,000 USD 3,180,000 USD
Enabling Republic of Colombia to Prepare its Initial National Communication in Response to its Commitments to UNFCCC Climate Change 1999-06-24 IA Approved 345,000 USD 0
Conservation of Biodiversity in the Choco Biogeographic Region Biodiversity 1991-05-01 1998-01-01 Project Completion 6,000,000 USD 3,000,000 USD
IADB FP 2010-03-17 2,727,000 USD 192,900,000 USD
IADB PPG 2010-03-17 4,399,952 USD 14,130,000 USD
TT-Pilot (GEF-4): Solar Chill: Commercialization and Transfer Climate Change 2009-11-12 Cancelled 2,583,000 USD 5,050,000 USD
Action for a Sustainable Amazonia Biodiversity 1995-10-01 Cancelled 3,850,000 USD 700,000 USD
Strengthening the Implementation of Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing Regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean Biodiversity 2009-04-07 CEO Approved 850,000 USD 600,000 USD
Support to GEF Eligible Parties for Alignment of National Action Programs and Reporting Process under UNCCD Land Degradation 2012-06-07 CEO Endorsed 2,830,000 USD 2,750,000 USD
Latin America: Multi-country Capacity-building for Compliance with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Biodiversity 2006-08-01 2011-06-30 Under Implementation 5,260,000 USD 10,745,200 USD
Biodiversity Conservation in Coffee: Transforming Productive Practices in the Coffee Sector by Increasing Market Demand for Certified Sustainable Coffee Biodiversity 2005-11-10 Under Implementation 12,640,092 USD 81,613,497 USD
Sustainable Management of the Shared Marine Resources of the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME) and Adjacent Regions International Waters 2007-11-16 Under Implementation 7,798,836 USD 48,300,000 USD
Catalyzing Conservation Action in Latin America: Identifying Priority Sites and Best Management Biodiversity 2000-03-29 2003-09-30 Project Closure 750,000 USD 680,000 USD
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Bus Rapid Transit Climate Change 2005-02-07 2012-03-01 Under Implementation 749,595 USD 2,999,864 USD
Integrated Silvo-Pastoral Approaches to Ecosystem Management Multi Focal Area 2001-05-11 2008-01-31 Project Closure 4,770,000 USD 3,900,000 USD
Regional Strategy for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in the Amazon Biodiversity 1991-05-01 IA Approved 4,500,000 USD 855,000 USD
Biodiversity Country Studies - Phase II Biodiversity 1994-06-01 1995-12-01 Project Closure 2,000,000 USD 100,000 USD
Climate Change Enabling Activity (Additional Financing for Capacity Building in Priority Areas) Climate Change 2002-09-13 CEO Approved 100,000 USD 0
Mainstreaming Traditional Knowledge Associated with Agrobiodiversity in Colombian Agroecosystems Biodiversity 2008-04-24 CEO Endorsed 2,800,000 USD 5,130,000 USD
Low-carbon and Efficient National Freight Logistics Initiative Climate Change 2012-02-29 Council Approved 3,074,000 USD 16,200,000 USD
Designing and Implementing a National Sub-System of Marine Protected Areas (SMPA) Biodiversity 2009-01-27 CEO Endorsed 5,000,000 USD 7,500,000 USD
Mechanism for Voluntary Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Colombia Climate Change 2010-03-17 CEO Endorsed 2,800,000 USD 7,616,000 USD
Conservation of Biodiversity in Landscapes Impacted by Mining in the Choco Biogeographic Region Biodiversity 2012-06-07 PPG Approved 6,000,000 USD 40,237,393 USD
Development of National Capacity for the Environmentally Sound Management and Disposal of PCBs POPs 2011-11-09 Council Approved 3,500,000 USD 13,598,781 USD
CO-EFFICIENCY: Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Colombia through Synergies between Environmental Conventions Climate Change 2008-01-17 Under Implementation 1,000,000 USD 4,445,000 USD
Protecting Biodiversity in the Southwestern Caribbean Sea Biodiversity 2008-02-22 Under Implementation 3,150,000 USD 4,150,000 USD
Colombian National Protected Areas Conservation Trust Fund Biodiversity 2005-11-10 2011-10-18 Under Implementation 15,350,000 USD 27,500,000 USD
Initial Assistance to Colombia to Meet its Obligations Under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) POPs 2002-06-10 2004-12-31 Project Closure 500,000 USD 369,000 USD
Integrated National Adaptation Plan: High Mountain Ecosystems, Colombia's Caribbean Insular Areas and Human Health (INAP) Climate Change 2005-11-10 2011-12-31 Under Implementation 5,570,000 USD 11,900,000 USD
National Capacity Needs self-Assessment for Global Environmental Management Multi Focal Area 2002-12-04 IA Approved 144,900 USD 33,000 USD
Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in the Andes Region Biodiversity 2000-05-01 2007-12-31 Project Closure 15,350,000 USD 15,000,000 USD
Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in the Western Slope of the Serrania del Baudo Biodiversity 1999-04-21 2002-12-31 Project Closure 750,000 USD 2,237,360 USD
Conservation of Montane Forest and Paramo in the Colombian Massif, Phase I Biodiversity 2001-02-12 2007-12-31 Project Completion 4,025,000 USD 6,874,000 USD
National Biodiversity Strategy, Action Plan and the First National Report to the CBD Biodiversity 1997-05-21 2005-11-29 Project Closure 253,000 USD 0

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