In the past other regions of Colombia experienced agricultural booms, with little or no planning for land-use changes and associated energy and communications infrastructure. This resulted in loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Right now, there is a unique opportunity to avoid a similar development path in the Orinoquia, the last great agricultural frontier in Colombia. Although the region is still relatively intact and has not undergone major development, it is experiencing a rapid expansion of large-scale agricultural development.
This Working Group will assess the effects of expanding agricultural commodities and consequent land use change on biodiversity and ecosystem services in the region. The synthesis of ecological, social, and development information will generate knowledge that can inform assessments on different land use changes and identify the consequences for nature and people. This information will inform governmental and private processes occurring at the moment, initiatives that will ultimately decide the future development of the Orinoquia.
This project is supported by the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), generously funded through founding grants by Shirley and Harry Hagey, Steve and Roberta Denning, Seth Neiman, Angela Nomellini and Ken Olivier, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.