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Identifying Hotspots of Deforestation and Reforestation in Colombia (2001–2010): Implications for Protected Areas

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Sanchez-Cuervo, A.M. and Aide, T.M. 2013. "Identifying hotspots of deforestation and reforestation in Colombia (2001–2010): implications for protected areas". Ecosphere 4: art143.

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Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico–Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3360 USA


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  • This article uses satellite imagery, MODIS MOD13Q1 Vegetation Indices 250 , the Virtual Interpretation of EarthWeb-Interface Tool (VIEW-IT) to conduct a land-use analysis of all of Colombia, mapping trends and "hotspot" areas of deforestation and of reforestation from 2001 to 2010.
  • They identify four hotspots of deforestation (clustered particularly in lowlands in the north of the country) and four of reforestation, mainly in the Andes highlands.
  • This land-use change and variation in woody vegetation, agriculture and pasture cover is most strongly associated with variables of environmental, armed conflicts, and demographic variables
  • The authors suggest that the intensification of armed conflict and implementation of neoliberal economic model  resulted in extensive rural-urban migration and subsequent land abandonment, which in some places have promoted forest regrowth, whereas most deforestation has been driven by large-scale agriculture, illicit crops, land tenure change, population growth, globalization of markets, as well as armed conflict which has "promoted the expansion of cattle pastures, croplands and the concentration of lands held by traffickers and large owners"


Geographical Region

  • Amazon Basin
  • Andean Region
  • Country

  • Colombia
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