Ecological Function Assessment of Biodiversity in the Colombian Andean
The assessment will take place in the coffee growing region in Colombia. The
region is located on three mountain ranges, between 1,000 and 2,000 meters
above sea level. The main coffee region belongs to the departments of
Antioquia, Qunindio, Risaralda and Caldas on the central Andes range.
Institutions that will be involved in the assessment include Cenicafe, the
Alexander von Humboldt Institute, Regional Coffee Federation Offices, the
Meteorology, Hydrology & Environmental Studies Institute (Ideam), local
universities and NGOs working in the area.
This assessment has four main goals: to support the development of a more
representative, effective and viable Andean Protected Area System; to identify
conservation opportunities in rural landscapes while developing and promoting
sustainable use and management tools for biodiversity conservation; to expand,
organize and disseminate the Andean biodiversity knowledge-base to stakeholders
and policy-makers; and to promote inter-sectoral coordination to address root
causes of biodiversity loss in the Colombian Andes.
Ecosystem services being assessed
Provisioning: coffee, other food, water quality, cultural.
Supporting and regulating: biodiversity, maintenance of soil structure and
Key features of assessment
Due to the wide variety of environmental conditions present in the coffee
growing region, 86 ecotops with homogeneous topographic, climate and soil
characteristics have been defined. These will be the local units of analysis
for the assessment. The ecosystem assessment will focus the following issues:
use values of ecosystem functions in coffee growing regions and their
implications for policy making and planning; assessment of biodiversity in
rural landscapes; and in situ conservation. The assessment will include a
survey of National Parks in the Andes.