Extending the many benefits of reliable and clean energy to rural areas of Colombia, and helping the country prepare its Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) strategy are at the core of Winrock’s current activities in this South American nation. These efforts build on previous programs that also focused on delivering energy access to those who lack it and devising smart policies to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.
The vast majority of Colombia’s citizens are connected to the power grid and receive electricity from low-emissions sources like hydropower and natural gas. That’s a good thing. Unfortunately, many people in rural areas have no access to electricity or have to rely on dirty and expensive diesel generators. This program helps expand renewable energy and energy efficient technologies to underserved populations through technical assistance, project development and policy reforms.
To reduce and reverse the loss of valuable forestland and biodiversity, Colombia is developing a national strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, also known as REDD. This program aids that effort by providing technical assistance to accurately account for emissions reductions that result from conservation and by facilitating the participation of communities and the private sector.
There is a high level of interest in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) in Colombia. Winrock is helping to develop a document to provide guidance to project developers and other stakeholders to ensure that their activities can be efficiently and effectively incorporated (also known as “nested”) into governmental REDD+ initiatives.