A local perspective on drivers and measures to slow deforestation in the Andean-Amazonian foothills of Colombia
The Andean-Amazonian foothills in Colombia are highly valuable economically, ecologically, and socially, yet they continue to be under extreme threat of deforestation. This study aims to identify drivers and trends of this deforestation, using a unique methodological approach, seeking to compliment past monitoring studies with on-the-ground information.
Goals & Methods
The goal of this study is to explore both direct and indirect drivers of deforestion in Colombia's Andean-Amazonian foothills, the relationship between these drivers, and potential solutions to slow the trend. The authors use a triangulation methodological approach that incorporates Global Forest Watch data, semi-structured interviews with locals, and existing literature across disciplines.
Conclusions & Takeaways
The study suggests that a range of direct and indirect causes of deforestion, including illicit crops, agricultural, cattle ranching and culture/knowledge, poverty, and land governance respectively. The authors do stress that the armed conflict and presence of military groups has played a signficant role. Since the conflict has ended, the government has incentivized industrial land uses and has increased uncertainty of local landowners. To slow deforestation, they recommend strong governance, environmental compensation schemes, environmental education, and establishment of alternative industries.
A local perspective on drivers and measures to slow deforestation in the Andean-Amazonian foothills of Colombia. Land Use Policy. 2018;77:379–391. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.04.043..
- IRI THESys, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany