Protecting the Orinoco river basin in Colombia through the integration of ecosystem services into regional development planning - TEEB
As of: July 2020
Objective and activities
The complex ecosystem of the Orinoco river landscape is still largely untouched. It offers a unique biodiversity and provides key ecosystem services for the population of Colombia. The rapidly spreading agro-industrial production does not yet consider the value of the ecosystem services sufficiently – and this endangers the ecological stability of the region. The project strengthens the resources and competencies of key stakeholders in the assessment of ecosystem services. This should enable decision-makers to recognize the value of ecosystem services and to integrate it into regional development planning. In this way, the project also contributes to the implementation of the National Biodiversity Policy, the Aichi 2020 Targets and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP).
State of implementation/results
Together with representatives of the public and private sector and the civil societry, significant services of ecosystems were identified, which are related to gallery forests (food, raw materials and recreation), savannah landscapes (water and habitat) and soil (food, animal feed).
- In addition, priority themes/sectors were identified together with the implementing partners: Advice on planning and regional planning processes, sustainable livestock farming and cashew cultivation.
- Through advisory inputs and workshops, the project and its implementing partners cotributed to the consideration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in planning processes, e.g. in the Regional Rural and Social Development Plan for Meta (Plan de Ordenamiento Productivo y Social de la Propiedad Rural, POPSPR).