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Protection of ecosystem services through integration into regional development strategies in the Orinoquia - TEEB

As of: May 2020

Objective and activities

The complex ecosystem in the area of Orinoco is largely untouched, has a unique biodiversity and provides crucial ecosystem services for the Colombian population. However, the expanding agro-industrial production does not yet consider the value of these ecosystem services and threatens the region's ecological stability. The project will strengthen the capacities of key players to evaluate and incorporate ecosystem services, promote dialogue and reconciliation processes and provide decision-makers with information and criteria for an ecosystem-based development. This shall help key players to integrate the value of ecosystem services into regional development planning activites. Overall, this project contributes to the implementation of the National Biodiversity Policy, the Aichi Targets and the National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaption.

State of implementation/results

Ssince project start everal events were organized with the participation of policymakers, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and other key players identified significant achievements of human ecosystems, e.g. Water supply, fertile soil and pollination. In addition, together with the implementation partners, the main themes / sectors for the project were defined: Advice on planning and regional planning processes, sustainable livestock farming, fish farming, palm oil and forestry.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia

BMU grant:
3.500.000,00 €

09/2018  till  08/2022


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