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DRIVE FOR SMILES 2014 Panamerican Expedition's Fundraiser:

The Nature Conservancy

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DRIVE FOR SMILES 2014 Panamerican Expedition

THE STORY:

PROVIDING CLEAN WATER IN BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

The Pan American Expedition of Drive For Smiles has joined with the Nature Conservancy to protect rivers and watersheds in Colombia which in turn will provide clean water for drinking, cooking, and washing.

Founded in 1951 the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. 

In the past 60 years they have protected over 119 million acres of land across the globe. The Nature Conservancy- South America   was a natural fit for our 2014 Pam American Expedition.

PEOPLE AND NATURE WILL BENEFIT

The Conservancy has created a conservation trust fund to protect rivers and watersheds in Colombia — and help provide clean drinking water to Bogotá, the country's capital.

The fund subsidizes conservation projects — from strengthening protected areas to creating incentives for ecologically sustainable cattle ranching — that will keep sedimentation and runoff out of the region's rivers.  For example, grants can enable ranching families to switch to ecologically sustainable operations by underwriting the purchase of higher quality cattle and other start-up costs if they commit to long-term conservation agreements to preserve their natural areas.

More milk from fewer cows means that ranchers will be less likely to clear forest land for additional grazing fields — resulting in less sedimentation in rivers.
 

“In financial terms and in actual conservation results, these funds yield a tremendous return on investment,” says Aurelio Ramos, Deputy Director of Conservation for Latin America. Without such projects, facilities have to spend millions to remove those pollutants in order to provide clean drinking water for Bogotá's 8 million residents. The fund — based on a pilot program in Ecuador — is projected to raise $60 million for conservation projects over the next 10 years and the Conservancy plans to implement six more such funds in South American countries in the next two years. The best part of this initiative is that it is voluntary and will not raise water costs for residents!
 

SOUTH AMERICA PROJECTS
The Amazon
The Amazon covers nearly one-third of the country's total area. Here, we work with indigenous communities and the local governments to stop deforestation and facilitate effective conservation of water.
To Find out what The Nature Conservancy is doing in the Amazon CLICK HERE

Caribbean Coast
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the tallest coastal mountain in the world. Deforestation caused by human settlement, an advancing agricultural frontier and the cultivation of illegal crops have contributed to streams and rivers are being choked by erosion. The Conservancy has been working in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta for more than 10 years

To Find out what The Nature Conservancy is doing on the Caribbean Coast  CLICK HERE

The Magdalena River
The Magdalena River, South America’s fifth basin, is born in the Andes mountain and runs across a large part of Colombia (24% of the national territory),generating life and serving as an economic life-force for the more than 30 million Colombians.
To Find out what The Nature Conservancy is doing in the Magdalena River  CLICK HERE

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