With the Huella Viva project, families from eastern Antioquia show that it is possible to live with felines
11/19/2018 5:38:11 PM
The Huella Viva project, which promotes the conservation of nature for the well-being of local communities based on a comprehensive management of territories in North Samana, Cocorna and Nare basins in the Magdalena Medio in the province of Antioquia. In its first phase, five families from eastern Antioquia were able to implement strategies in their farms to adapt to the conflict generated between humans and predator felines.
This first phase defined the characteristics of the areas of interest, the agreement with local actors of the territory, the implementation of actions towards conservation and sustainable production in pilot farms in North Samana and the Rio Claro basins (three of them in the town of San Luis, one in the town of San Francisco and another one in the town of Puerto Triunfo). Likewise, strategies for adaptation to the human-feline conflict were developed, demonstrating that coexistence between both actors is possible. This is how Huella Viva will contribute to increasing the connectivity of forest cover and the well-being and diversification of family economies.
The strategies consisted of implementing techniques for repelling (mixture of emission of light with simulation of movement to separate the possible predator from domestic animals); mitigation (infrastructure that prevents predator felines from attacking farm animals); and integrated production models for the restoration of degraded areas (organic gardens, native bees’ beehives, agriculture with fruit and forest trees, ecosystems, regenerative livestock and nature tourism).
Given that the pilot farms of this project cover diverse socioeconomic contexts, from smallholdings to large estates, the implementation activities developed responded to such contexts. To date, and after the implementation of the strategies in the properties, no new events of predator attacks to domestic animals have been presented in the area of influence of Huella Viva.
In the development of this project three work fronts are proposed: the maintenance of ecosystem services for water regulation in North Samana, Cocorna and Nare basins; the conservation of biodiversity using the jaguar and the puma as umbrella species (or those that, when protected, indirectly take care of many others that make up the community of their habitat); and sustainable development through productive models that improve the quality of life of families and environmental protection.
The project continues into phase II where the number of conservation agreements with the communities will be extended for a sustainable use of nature, the protection of the basins and the conservation of the felines.
Huella Viva is a government-private initiative of the Grupo Argos Foundation, Argos, Celsia, the Amazonas Foundation and the Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Nare and Negro River Basins (Cornare) as allies, and is developed, in its first phase , by the Humboldt Institute.