Colombia-World Bank Climate Projects

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Active World Bank Climate Projects in Colombia

  1. Rio Frio Carbon Offset Project (0.3M) Carbon Offset
  2. Integrated Mass Transit Systems Second Additional Financing (300M) IBRD/IDA
  3. Colombia: San Nicolas Carbon Sequestration Project (4.74M) Carbon Offset
  4. CO: Caribbean Savannah Carbon Sink project (2M) Carbon Offset
  5. Jepirachi Carbon Off Set Project, Carbon Offset
  6. COLOMBIA - Amoya River Environmental Services, Carbon Offset
  7. Colombia: Integrated National Adaptation Program (5.4M) Global Environment Project
  8. CO-FURATENA AGROINDUSTRY CARBON OFFSET (0.75M) Carbon Offset
  9. Mainstreaming Sustainable Cattle Ranching (7M) Global Environment Project

Rio Frio Carbon Offset Project

"The Colombia Rio Frio Carbon Offset Project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fro the wastewater treatment sector in Colombia by modernizing the Rio Frio waste water treatment plant, located in Giron, Colombia. This modernization will result in abatements of methane and nitrous oxide emissions of about 39 kilo tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per year and in an improved effluent quality from the plant. The project constitutes a "proof of concept" for use of the Clean Development Mechanism, with potential to be replicated throughout the region. A share of the revenues from the emission reductions will be used to support a community benefits health program in Giron."

Integrated Mass Transit Systems Second Additional Financing

"The objectives of the Integrated Mass Transit Systems Project for Colombia are to:

  1. develop high quality and sustainable Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in participating cities to improve mobility along strategic mass transit corridors;
  2. improve accessibility to public transportation for the poor;
  3. build greater institutional capacity in the Borrower's public transportation institutions in order to formulate integrated urban transport policies, and to improve urban transport planning and traffic management.

There two components to the project. The first component of the project is the implementing capacity building: this component provides technical assistance and policy advice to the Government and participating cities' municipal governments, and is aimed at:

a) strengthening the Government's capacity to formulate national urban transport programs and strategies
b) improvement of the institutional capacity of transportation entities in participating cities to ensure adequate implementation of BRTS
c) strengthening of the operational capacity of participating cities with respect to the implementation of urban development and transport strategies
d) provision of support for overall project coordination, evaluation, supervision and implementation.

The second component of the project is BRTS development:

  1. construction of about 57 kilometers of segregated transportation corridors in participating cities, including but not limited to
(a) construction of segregated busways.
(b) repaving of mixed-traffic lanes adjacent to new busways.
  1. construction of about 20 kilometers of segregated corridors in the North Quito South Line of the Bogota Transmilenio S.A (NQS) line in Bogota.
  2. definition of a new regulatory framework for the implementation of BRTS in participating cities.
  3. resettlement of affected persons in connection with the carrying out of parts B.1 and B.2 of the project; and 5) design and implementation of environmental management plans (EMPs) for the carrying out of parts B.1 and/or B.2 of the project."

Colombia: San Nicolas Carbon Sequestration Project

"The development objective of the San Nicolas Carbon Sink and Arboreal Species Recovery Project is to pioneer carbon sinks in Colombia, through reforestation and agroforestry , on about 2,500 ha of abandoned pastures and through avoided deforestation and induced regeneration in about 7,300 ha of remaining forest stands in the valley of San Nicolas. The project also seeks to protect biodiversity through the recovery of endangered and vulnerable local arboreal species. The Project will create a sink for carbon (partly through the planting of endangered and vulnerable species) and in the process improve the income of small landowners, through the sale of timber, non timber and agro-forestry products, reduce land degradation and contribute to the restoration of ecosystem integrity in the San Nicolas region. The project also includes training and capacity building for sustainable forest management, strengthening of social capital and biodiversity protection. By the inclusion of 20 native species for the reforestation activities and a program aimed at the recovery of populations of 3 endangered species, the project will contribute to restore biodiversity in abandoned pastures."

CO: Caribbean Savannah Carbon Sink project

"The objective of the Caribbean Savannah Carbon Sink Project in Colombia is to pilot the use of carbon sinks (through sylvo-pastoral and reforestation systems) as a tool to arrest the process of land degradation in the coastal plains of the country (focused on 2200 ha of the Caribbean Savannah ecosystem). The project also contributes to improvements in the quality of life of local impoverished Zenu indigenous population, and Afro-Colombian communities ("negritudes"), through the labor and forest product revenues related to the reforestation program as well as a fraction of the carbon revenues. The project has two components:

  1. Development of Sylvo-pastoral schemes in the Zenu indigenous area which will support the establishment of 500 ha of sylvo-pastoral schemes. The component will recuperate areas of pastures that are in process of degradation without increasing the number of cattle.
  2. Reforestation which will support the reforestation of 1700 hectares, where 1500 ha will be reforested by small farmers mainly with Hevea Brasilensis in small plots of no more than 5 ha, interspersed with pastures and annual crops. The reforestation will be conducted according to procedures recommended by Corporacion Autonoma Regional de los Valles del Sinu y del San Jorge (CVS) for the region."

Jepirachi Carbon Off Set Project, Carbon Offset

"The objective of the Jepirachi Carbon Off-Set Project is to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power sector in Colombia through the promotion of a 19.5 MW wind-based electricity generation facility. The project is expected to displace an estimated 1.168 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over a period of 21 years and will also support a social program that will contribute to improvements in the welfare of the local indigenous community. The social program will include activities defined in consultation with the local Wayuu community and will be put in place over the course of the first two years of construction and operation of the project. It provides support for community development activities to be implemented for the duration of the project on a sustainable basis, and focusing on the areas of health, education, economic, and institutional development. The Prototype Carbon Fund (PCF) will pay a premium on the value of the emission reductions based on the outputs of the social program."

COLOMBIA - Amoya River Environmental Services, Carbon Offset

"The Amoya River Environmental Services Project aims to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power sector in Colombia through the promotion of a 80 MW run-of-river generation facility. Once in operation, the project is expected to displace an estimated 1.87 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (Co2e) up to year 2012, and an estimated 4.56 Mmt C02e up to 2019. It will also support an environmental program for the protection of the Paramo de Las Hermosas, a unique, high-mountain biotope, upstream from the generation facility, and a social program that will contribute to improvements in the welfare of the local community in the area of the project. The project supports 3 components:

A. Renewable Energy Production: A run of the run-of-river power plant, with a nominal capacity of 80 MW and an anticipated generation of 568 GWh/year will be supported. The power plant will be connected to the grid through an 18km transmission line. The plant is expected to be in operation by the end of 2005.
B. Environmental Program. The program aims at promoting conservation of the Paramo ecosystem in the area of the project, therefore maintaining its ability to regulate the water cycle in the surrounding area (the Paramo replenishes the rivers and acts as a climate regulating system) and thus would contribute to maintaining the long-term water supply to the region and the power plant. These conservation activities will also contribute to the maintenance of the highly bio-diverse habitat, characteristic of the Paramo Las Hermosas. Specifically, the program includes activities that support the long term sustainability of the Paramo's ecosystem, and divert potential anthropogenic interventions induced by global warming (potential occupation of buffer zones induced by warmer temperatures). This program will be managed locally and includes the following activities:
  1. Characterization and conservation plan for the Paramo's soil cover.
  2. Water cycle study for the Paramo.
  3. rogram for environmental education and awareness on the role and services of the Paramo.
  4. Program for the Conservation of the Endangered Megafauna of the highlands, with emphasis in Spectacled bear and Mountain Tapir and Monitoring and conservation program for small vertebrates and plants.
  5. Characterization and recovery study for restoration of the natural ictio-fauna in the Amoya River.
C. Social Program consisting of activities resulting from a thorough consultation with the local community, that included public audiences and innovative workshops. The activities are:
  1. health and sanitation to improve sanitation conditions,
  2. access to potable water, and health services;
  3. education activities to improve infrastructure and access;
  4. communication for rural development;
  5. community strengthening and sustainable production;
  6. conservation of the watershed."

Colombia: Integrated National Adaptation Program Global Environment Project

"The Integrated National Adaptation Project will support Colombia's efforts to define and implement specific pilot adaptation measures and policy options to meet the anticipated impacts from climate change. The project consists of the following components:

(a) this component seeks to strengthen Colombia's capabilities to produce and disseminate climate information (useful for resource allocation and operational decision making), in support of adaptation to climate change measures and programs.
(b) this component will support the following activities:
  1. ecosystem planning and management in Las Hermosas Massif, seeking to maintain its high biodiversity assets;
  2. maintenance of potential for hydropower generation through adoption of measures to protect the Amoya watershed;
  3. adaptive land-use planning model seeking to reduce impacts from climate change on land degradation.
  4. improvement of productive agro-ecosystems and reduction of their socioeconomic vulnerability to GCC impacts.
(c) this component will support the implementation of physical adaptation measures in order to reduce the vulnerability of the Caribbean Insular area, especially with regard to changes in rainfall and temperature and sea-level rise.
(d) this component will address the increased exposure to tropical vector-borne diseases (malaria and dengue) induced by climate change through the implementation of an Integrated Dengue and Malaria Surveillance and Control System.
(e) this component will support the overall technical coordination of project Activities."

CO-FURATENA AGROINDUSTRY CARBON OFFSET Carbon Offset

"The Colombia Furatena Energy Efficiency Project aims to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the panela (brown sugar) sector, the second largest source of rural employment in the country. The project would make viable improvements in energy efficiency, quality of product and rural income, as well as overall environmental performance of this agro-industry. Once in operation, the project is expected to displace an estimated 133,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) by 2017. This will be done through the development of a modern, energy efficient and centralized manufacturing facility that will replace small, artisan manufacture. The facility will be owned by a company with the participation of small farmers. The project includes the following components: energy efficient panela manufacture; community training; and project management."

Mainstreaming Sustainable Cattle Ranching Global Environment Project

"The objective of the Mainstreaming Sustainable Cattle Ranching Project is to promote the adoption of environment-friendly Silvopastoral Production Systems (SPS) for cattle ranching in Colombia's project areas, to improve natural resource management, enhance the provision of environmental services (biodiversity, land, carbon, and water), and raise the productivity in participating farms. There are four components to the project, the first component being improving productivity in participating cattle ranching farms in project areas, through SPS. The aim of this component is to sustainably increase productivity in cattle production farms through the adoption of environment-friendly SPS. The second component is the increasing connectivity and reducing land degradation in participating cattle ranching farms, through differentiated Payments for Environmental Services (PES) schemes. The aim of this component is to increase connectivity between natural ecosystems in cattle ranching landscapes through the establishment of riparian and terrestrial corridors. The third component is the strengthening subsector institutions and dissemination and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) efforts contributing to the broader adoption of environment-friendly SPS in Colombian cattle ranching. The aim of this component is to establish key alliances with project partners and stakeholders through a communications strategy that ensures project instruments and results are disseminated early. Finally, the fourth component is the project management. The aim of this component is to improve institutional capacity to develop the project and enable the project's financial, technical, legal, and administrative execution."

References

  1.  "World Bank project database"