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*Estimated carbon sequestration is 20 kg of CO2e per tree accumulated over five years, based on low estimates of dry and humid tropical growth rates from global restoration databases.

Actual carbon impact of each Priceless Planet Coalition restoration project will be assessed after five years based on data collected throughout the monitoring process.

MUSESI: Restoration of culturally and environmentally strategic areas of the Sierra Nevada by its native peoples

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta represents the majority of all the biomes of Colombia and is characterized with high diversity and endemism with several irreplaceable ecosystems. Conservation International, in a joint effort with Indigenous communities, will restore 1,000 hectares that have suffered a strong colonization process with extensive livestock farming, resulting in deforestation and land degradation. The aim is to enhance adaptation and resilience to climate change, restore critical ecosystems to a variety of species of fauna and flora, and reduce forest fragmentation by gradually reestablishing environmental conditions of forest remnants and alterations in biological interactions. The project also aims to reduce the loss of tree species, ecosystem functional types and landscape hectares.

Restoration methods

Tree planting
The planting of seedlings over an area with little or no forest canopy to meet specific goals.

Enrichment planting
The strategic reestablishment of key tree species in a forest that is ecologically degraded due to lack of certain species, without which the forest is unable to naturally sustain itself.

Tree species

13 potential species:

  • Cedro Rosado (Cedrela odorata)
  • Nogal cafetero (Cordia alliodora)
  • Guayacan (Tabebuia chrysantha)
  • Orejero (Enterolobium cyclocarpum)
  • Dinde mora (Maclura tinctoria)
  • Caoba (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Cambulo (Erythrina poeppigiana)
  • Dividivi (Caesalpinia spinosa)
  • Guacimo (Guazuma ulmifolia)
  • Moringa (Moringa oleifera)
  • Algarrobo (Hymenaea courbaril)
  • Dinde mora (Maclura tinctoria)
  • Ceiba tolúa (Pachira quinata)