A new WWF-backed initiative will help to safeguard huge expanses of Colombian wilderness that both people and wildlife rely on. Heritage Colombia – or Herencia Colombia in Spanish – is a new US$245 million initiative that will help to protect 32 million hectares of land and marine areas over the next 10 years. Colombia is home to 10% of the world’s biodiversity, living in wildernesses ranging from dense rainforests and glacier-tipped mountains to rolling coastal sand dunes and multi-coloured coral reefs. These are vital havens for wildlife like the iconic and threatened jaguars, harpy eagles and pink river dolphins. But they also benefit people in Colombia and around the world – providing everything from fresh water, food and livelihoods to supporting global efforts to tackle the climate crisis. So we welcome the opportunity to join the Colombian government, together with a broad coalition of community, public sector and private sector partners, in launching Heritage Colombia.