Progress Towards Sustainable Landscapes in Colombia
This timeline tracks Colombia's work towards sustainable landscapes from 2008 to 2019. Along with a timeline depicting major accomplishments over time, a brief introduction on Colombia's sustainable landscapes work, as well as key achievements, are provided.
Over 51 percent of Colombia's national territory is forested. Since 1995, 5.4 million hectares (ha) of natural forest have been lost, with 59.5 million ha remaining. From 1990 through 2012, 71 percent of Colombia's national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulted from changes in land use, primarily from deforestation. The major drivers are agriculture and livestock expansion, as well as illicit crops, settlements and infrastructure. USAID's sustainable landscapes efforts in Colombia seek to halt deforestation, its direct and indirect impacts, and reduce GHG emissions. USAID has worked closely with the Government of Colombia to improve land cover information, develop low emission land management strategies, and align policies and strategies to conserve and restore critical ecosystems and their services while promoting rural development.