Reforestation in Colombia

In 2013 the Ernesto Illy Foundation, in collaboration with the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros and Cenicafé in Colombia, launched a project that has seen a partial reforestation in the region of Tamara (Colombia) with native trees near water springs. The reforestation project took place in an area suitable for the production of coffee, but with serious environmental problems.

During the first phase of the project, methodologies and species and areas of interest to be reforested were identified. The initiative was communicated at a local level, obtaining a wide radius of interest.

With the methods identified by Cenicafè, plants to use were obtained and reforestation began as well as other related activities such as putting up fences.

The project continued until August 2015, including the educational model proposed for growers on how to manage wastewater and technical assistance to ensure the continual development of the plants and trees.

69.2 acres
were preserved and reforested with 15 different species of plants/trees for a total of 12,290 native plants/trees planted. Direct beneficiaries: 80 families of coffee growers. Indirect beneficiaries: 320 people belonging to the community Tamara.

For the results of the project, we invite you to read (in spanish) the report dated August 15, 2015.