This project promotes conservation in Serrania de San Lucas (Colombia), one of Latin America's most urgent conservation priorities. We are conducting baseline camera trap surveys to assess the distribution, population status, and habitat requirements of focal species such as jaguars, tapirs and bears. In parallel, we are working with coffee and cacao producers to promote sustainable agricultural practices compatible with the conservation of this biodiversity hotspot.
Intact but threatened forests that support populations of endemic and endangered species, renders the Serrania de San Lucas one of Latin America's most urgent conservation priorities. Despite its status as a priority area for conservation, attempts to declare a protected area in the region have proven unsuccessful, and population data on its endangered species are lacking.
Our project aims to provide sound scientific data on the distribution and habitat requirements of four focal species: spectacled bear, blue billed curassow, tapir and jaguar. Updated species accounts will allow us to advance the understanding of the distribution, key conservation areas and the status of these species within productive landscapes in the Serrania. Using this information, we will support local producers in adopting and certifying biodiversity friendly practices.
Data on the ecology of our project's focal species will enable conservation planning, including assessments for declaration of a protected area. By adopting and certifying biodiversity friendly practices, we anticipate local producers to gain a premium in local and international markets, thereby improving their livelihoods while conserving endangered species in a biodiversity hotspot. Furthermore, our program has considerable potential to be scaled up to other communities in the area.