SNAPP TEAM:Land Use Change in the Orinoquía
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How can stakeholders meet agricultural development goals while sustaining benefits from nature in the savanna biome of Colombia’s Eastern Plains?

The Orinoquía region of Colombia, the second largest savanna system in South America, faces an agricultural development boom that could threaten biodiversity and ecosystem services. Producer organizations have teamed up with scientists and conservation planners to help the government evaluate the impacts of land use change their consequences for nature and people.


OUR APPROACH: This team will collaborate with partners and stakeholders to synthesize data related to ecosystem services and track the potential development in the areas of land-use, digital soil mapping, biodiversity and hydrology.

Team Status: ONGOING
Team Critical Challenge: Food Security and Nature


  • Compile and synthesize baseline information on the potential impact of land use changes on ecosystem services such as carbon storage, water, biodiversity and soils.
  • Develop decision support tools to evaluate tradeoffs for different development scenarios
  • Inform decisions for land use planning in the Orinoco region


Mayesse Da Silva
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
German Forero-Medina
Wildlife Conservation Society
Glenn Hyman
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Tomas Walschburger
The Nature Conservancy
Silvia Alvaréz
Wildlife Conservation Society
Tatiana Escovar
Colombia National Planning Department
Hedley Grantham
Wildlife Conservation Society
Carlos Rogeliz
The Nature Conservancy
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