Rare’s goal is to scale community-based solutions that benefit people and nature. Colombia is home to extraordinary biodiversity, including some of the world’s rarest and most endangered species. With FSM’s funding, Rare’s Reciprocal Water Agreements offer an effective and scalable approach to safeguarding Colombia’s cloud forests, protecting endemic ecosystems and species, and preserving clean water for thousands of people downstream. Through Rare’s behavior adoption approach, land owners, water users and local authorities work together on a long-term reciprocal agreement and a permanent financial mechanism to secure forest protection and watershed management. At the same time, Pride campaigns in the upstream and downstream communities establish new norms where conservation is the accepted norm.
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