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Rainforest Trust: Protection of El Dorado

Thanks in part to funding through the Global Returns Project, in February 2020 the Rainforest Trust announced the completion of funding for the El Dorado Reserve in Colombia.

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia is regarded as the planet’s single most important site for threatened and endemic biodiversity, as it boasts the highest concentration of endemic bird species in the world. As a result, the prestigious journal Science dubbed the area the “Most Irreplaceable Site on Earth” and a major priority for biodiversity conservation.

The area was under threat of deforestation for pasturelands and coffee plantations. 

This important new reserve will place 12,179 acres of rainforest under permanent protection and store nearly two million tonnes of CO2e, helping to fight climate change and providing secure habitat for numerous endangered and endemic species.