The Colombia Pacific Watershed Sustainable Development Report

Mutatá and Bahia Malaga-Bajo Calima Colombia


The Colombia Pacific Watershed

This page details the UN Sustainable Development Goals being addressed by the SeaTrees Colombia watershed projects in the Choco Eco-Region of Colombia.


Community-Led Project

Key Impact Metrics

- Sustainable conservation and community management of the mangrove ecosystem, marshes, and associated streams.

- Local governance of protected marine-coastal areas at the regional level.

- Economic empowerment of community groups and increased job opportunities.

- Habitat protection for vulnerable flora and fauna species.

- Generates 70 million tons of verified emissions reductions over 30 years.

- Improves the well-being of over 40,000 local people.

- Promotes ecotourism in the project area.

- Strengthens efforts to safeguard the area's cultural and natural heritage.

Sustainable Development Goals addressed by the project

SeaTrees evaluates these projects annually to measure its impact on all relevant Sustainable Development Goals. These projects address six SDGs. Read below for more details.

No Poverty

This area is one of Colombia’s poorest and historically marginalized regions. These projects improve the well-being of over 40,000 people, and increases employment opportunities for the local afro-descendent and indigenous communities. Implementing strategic mangrove planting practices will increase the flow of income to both projects sites, and all value from the project goes directly to the local community.

Gender Equality

A significant proportion of managerial positions are held by women. The facilitation of these projects will additionally enforce and monitor equality and non-discrimination both in positions held and in decision-making.

Decent Work

Benefits for these projects include economic empowerment of community groups, increased job opportunities, promotion of ecotourism, and strengthening of local governance. Additionally, these projects will provide total per capita expenditure (public and private) for the preservation, protection and conservation of all cultural and natural heritage.

Climate Change

Climate change is a global issue that threatens all societies. These projects prevent the emission of an average of 1.2 million tons of CO2 each year by avoiding deforestation and forest degradation.

REDD+ is one of the only promising options that provides these communities with a meaningful alternative livelihood, one based on incentives and rewards for effective conservation.

Life Below Water

This region is a highly productive marine-coastal ecosystem that provides protection against coastal erosion, water purification, flood control, significant carbon stocks, and shelter for a variety of vulnerable species such as birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

These projects aim to conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine areas, as well as sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and taking measures to restore the health and productivity of the oceans.

Life on Land

This collection of projects protects 117,740 hectares of coastal watershed along the Pacific coast of Colombia. Located along Colombia's Pacific coast, this collection of projects includes two sites and mangrove forest-protected areas, Mutatá and Bahia Malaga-Bajo Calima. They conserve 117,740 hectares of South American tropical forest, which is home to 10% of the entire planet’s animal and plant species.

These projects promote sustainable management of all types of forests, and works to end deforestation, restore degraded forests and increase global afforestation and reforestation.