More than two million people were affected by heavy flooding in Colombia in 2010. It destroyed close to 3,000 houses and caused damage to agricultural land, infrastructure and highways. The Government declared the situation a 'national calamity.'
One of the regions hit was Córdoba, areas of which have always been particularly vulnerable to regular flooding, ruining crops and forcing farmers like Señor Ortiz to use canoes to reach their fields.
But families in areas bordering the Sinu River have seen how they can reduce the impact of flooding on their communities by natural means.
Oxfam has helped communities to plant trees at critical points to stabilise the banks and stop them from breaking. The project has helped restore the gallery forest (the wooded area that forms a corridor along a river course) and in addition, established environment-friendly, sustainable agriculture, helping to keep eight communities safer – and better fed."