Details Mercy Corp Urban Reforestation Colombia
Mercy Corps supported families affected by the landslides on the southern edge of Bogotá - meeting immediate needs of housing and food. The community is now being mobilized to help mitigatate against further landslides. An assessment in coordination with the municipal and regional governments, has identified the need for a reforestation and tree-planting project to stabilise the soil and help prevent future landslides. Mercy Corps is aiming to assist the community in expanding reforestation activity, while studying the market potential for the establishment of private tree nurseries - providing income-generating opportunities for the project’s participants. More than 67,000 trees need planted for the total reforestation of the region. Economic opportunities created through this project will specifically benefit the marginalised communities of internally displaced people, Indigenous and Afro-Colombian populations. Every € 3,500 donated to this programme enables Mercy Corps to plant a further 1,000 trees.