Aerial view of wax palm trees in Colombia

A Dialogue with Nature: Communities and Carbon in Colombia .

Video | September 25, 2023

This docuseries highlights how carbon projects in Colombia have supported community-led development as well as biodiversity conservation.

Locally led carbon projects play a critical role in transferring resources to support the sustainable development and self-determination of communities, while also contributing to climate action. In this docuseries, viewers will travel throughout Colombia, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, from its high Andes ecosystems (páramos) to the Eastern plains (llanos) and the mangroves and forests of the Pacific Coast. You will hear directly from Colombia’s carbon stewards – including landowners, Indigenous and ethnic groups, and rural communities – who have played a central role in the initiation, design, and implementation of nature-based carbon projects to support their community’s development. The carbon market initiatives highlighted in this docuseries are striving to match rigorous scientific methodologies and reporting requirements and thresholds, while continually adapting to changes in the science, standards, markets and, mostly importantly, communities’ aspirations.

This series is informed by Chemonics’  experience from the past ten years implementing climate change, biodiversity conservation, and natural resource management projects in Colombia: USAID Páramos & Forests Activity; USAID Natural Wealth Program; The Biodiversity-Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Program (BioREDD+); USAID Oro Legal; USAID Amazon Alive; USAID Tierra Dorada Activity; and USAID Productive Ecosystems Activity.


  • Ana Clemencia Aránda Tunubala, Teacher, Indigenous Reservation Guambía/Pedagoga Resguardo Guambía
  • Dany Alex Tumiñá Dilvia, Leader, Indigenous Reservation Guambía/Líder, Resguardo Guambía

Colombia’s Carbon Stewards: Piangueras in the Pacific Coast / Los Guardianes del Carbono de Colombia: Piangueras en la Costa Pacífica


  • Matilde Mosquera, Clam harvester Bahía Málaga/Piangüera Bahía Málaga
  • Ferney Valencia, Community Leader Bahía Málaga/Consejo Comunitario Bahía Málaga
  • Santiago Valencia, Environmental Leader, Bahía Málaga/Líder ambiental Bahía Málaga

Colombia’s Carbon Stewards: Sustainable Ranchers in the Savannas/Los Guardianes del Carbono en Colombia: Ganaderos Sostenibles en las Sabanas


  • Camilo Arreaza Chaparro, El Madroño Ranch/Finca El Madroño
  • Heidi Perez Moreno, Natural Wealth Regional Coordinator, USAID Colombia/Coordinadora Regional Riqueza Natural USAID Colombia
  • Juan Carlos Vargas Zambrano, El Encanto Ranch/Finca El Encanto


These videos were produced by Chemonics, with technical support provided by Akorde Media. We would like to recognize the following people who contributed to this effort.

From Akorde: 

  • Michelle Begue, Scriptwriter and Voiceover Artist/Guionista y Locutora
  • Ernesto Moreno, Director of Photography and Editor/Director de Fotografía y Edición
  • Nicolás Reyes, Field Producer/Productor de Campo
  • Jesús Estrada, Animations and Subtitles/Animaciones y Subtítulos
  • Pablo Cabrera, Executive Producer/Productor Ejecutivo
  • Andrés Felipe González, General Producer/Productor General

From Chemonics:

  • Luis Fernando Jara, Former Chief of Party, USAID Páramos and Forests Activity/Antiguo Director del Proyecto, USAID Páramos y Bosques Actividad
  • Ricardo Sanchez, Chief of Party, USAID Colombia Productive Ecosystems Activity/Director del Proyecto, USAID Colombia Ecosistemas Productivos Actividad
  • Nancy Sanchez, Operations and Finance Director, USAID Colombia Productive Ecosystems Activity/Director de Operaciones y Finanzas, USAID Colombia Ecosistemas Productivos Actividad
  • Greg Minnick, Managing Director, Environment and Natural Resources/Director General, Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
  • Max McGrath-Horn, Asesora Senior, Finanzas Climáticas/Senior Advisor, Climate Finance
  • Brian App, Senior Director, Environment and Natural Resources/Director General, Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
  • Hailey Dougherty, Senior Specialist, Environment and Natural Resources/Especialista Senior, Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
  • Amber Bjerre, Senior Associate, Environment and Natural Resources/Asociada Senior, Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
  • Azalea Danes, Intern, Environment and Natural Resources/Becario, Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
  • Payal Chandiramani, Advisor, Communications and Content Development/Asesora, Comunicación y Desarrollo de Contenidos
  • Selamawit Tegene, Advisor, Graphic Design/Asesora, Diseño Gráfico
  • Monica Flores, Specialist, Quality Management/Especialista, Gestión de la Calidad
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