Anthrotect was founded in 2007 with the mission of making conservation a viable economic alternative for forest-dependent communities worldwide. We believe that sustainable resource use begins with providing the training and skills that rural communities need to turn their traditional ecological knowledge into a global environmental service. Anthrotect works with Afro-descendant and indigenous landowners in Latin America to design and implement market-based solutions for achieving community-based conservation and sustainable development. Their approach is rooted in strengthening Afro-descendant and indigenous peoples’ capacity to collectively manage their traditional lands.
Anthrotect works with community landholders to design and implement payment for ecosystem services (PES) projects that engage emerging markets for carbon and biodiversity. Anthrotect enables communities living in areas of global ecological importance to produce measurable conservation outcomes through best practices for conservation and sustainable resource use.
The Chocó-Darién Conservation Corridor was the first conservation project in the world to be awarded carbon credits for protecting community-owned forests. Activities are managed by COCOMASUR, a vibrant association of Afro-Colombian families that received land title to the area in 2005. The project protects 13,465 hectares (33,275 acres) of tropical rainforest in the Darién region of northwest Colombia, one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet.