Colombia

At a Glance

The South America Regional Mission Environmental Program serves Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Most of Colombia’s population resides in the elevated Andes where water shortages and land degradation exist and in the coastal areas where sea level rise and floods threaten human settlements and economic activities. These climate and weather events can damage irrigated agriculture, human health, sectors such as hydropower that rely on a consistent water supply, and sea level rise in major cities that rely on tourism. Colombia’s greenhouse gas emissions have previously been dominated by the energy sector, followed by agriculture, land-use change and forestry, waste, and industrial processes.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2017) for more information. 

Additional Information: Colombia Climate Change Country Profile & Fact Sheet on USAID.gov

Climate Projections

Increased/More Frequent Precipitation

Sea Level Rise

Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas

Agriculture

Ecosystems

Infrastructure

Human Health

Water Resources

Country Climate Context

Population (2023)

49.3 million

GAIN Vulnerability

Medium

GHG Emissions Growth

6.39%

% Forested Area

52.7%

Funding & Key indicators


USAID Climate Change Funding (2023)

Total

$35 Million

Adaptation

$8 Million

Clean Energy

$4 Million

Sustainable Landscapes

$23 Million

Investment Mobilized for Clean Energy (USD) (2022)

$10,082,375

Projected GHG Emission Reduced or Avoided from Clean Energy Through 2030 from Adopted Laws, Policies, Regulations or Technologies (tCO2e) (2022)

39,450

Investment Mobilized for Sustainable Landscapes (USD) (2022)

$18,694,129

Hectares Under Improved Management Expected to Reduce GHG Emissions (2022)

196,810

Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information

Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Colombia

Factsheet

Paramos & Forests (Colombia)

Stories from the Area

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