11. Conserving Biodiversity in a Complex Biological and Social Setting: The Case of Colombia

  1. Peter H. Raven4,
  2. Navjot S. Sodhi5 and
  3. Luke Gibson5
  1. Carolina Murcia1,
  2. Gustavo H. Kattan2 and
  3. Germán Ignacio Andrade-Pérez3

Published Online: 12 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118679838.ch11

Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics

Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics

How to Cite

Murcia, C., Kattan, G. H. and Andrade-Pérez, G. I. (2013) Conserving Biodiversity in a Complex Biological and Social Setting: The Case of Colombia, in Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics (eds P. H. Raven, N. S. Sodhi and L. Gibson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118679838.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Missouri Botanical Garden

  2. 5

    National University of Singapore

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Biology, University of Florida, Florida, USA

  2. 2

    Departamento de Ciencias Naturales y Matemáticas, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana-Cali, Cali, Colombia

  3. 3

    School of Management, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470658635

Online ISBN: 9781118679838

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Keywords:

  • biological conservation;
  • Colombian biodiversity;
  • ecosystems;
  • socio‐economic models;
  • territorial issues

Summary

The multi‐temporal and spatial scale interaction of history, geography, and evolution are responsible for Colombia's extreme diversity. This chapter first describe Colombia's biological complexity and its conservation context. Then, it presents some of the main challenges for conservation professionals, managers, and decision makers in their aim to preserve Colombia's rich biodiversity for generations to come. These challenges for biodiversity conservation in Colombia are divided into two categories: (1) territorial issues and current development models; and (2) threats specific to the different ecoregions. In addition, the challenges associated with conservation strategies, specifically the creation and management of protected areas (PAs) and ecological restoration are discussed.