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.

    Funding and Key Indicators

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    USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)


    $33 Million


    $5 Million

    Clean Energy

    $7 Million

    Sustainable Landscapes

    $21 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability


    Population (2020)

    49.1 million

    GHG Emissions Growth


    % Forested Area


    Climate Change Information

    Colombia Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

    Uptake of low emissions agriculture research outputs by policymakers and other stakeholders requires time. Even when researchers are interested in pursuing the scaling and use of research outputs, most are not incentivized to take this on. Allocating targeted resources and donor support, while involving science communicators and outreach specialists can be effective in overcoming constraints to delivering low emission development research to policymakers.
    Colombia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) recently completed its first successful renewable energy auction, enabling the government to obtain variable renewable energy (VRE) at globally low-cost prices. The auction awarded contracts that are estimated to attract more than $1.3 billion of private sector investment and will enhance the country’s capacity to provide reliable electricity supplies to its communities.
    The Amazon region is home to 1.6 million Indigenous Peoples, all of whom depend on the region’s forest and water resources for their material and cultural survival. Studies have shown that deforestation rates are much lower in places where Amazonian Indigenous Peoples have strong land tenure rights, making Indigenous Peoples important allies in biodiversity conservation.