TEEBAgriFood Colombia

Latest updates

  • [Q1 2022] Stakeholder consultations ongoing to validate key messages and policy recommendations, based on key study findings.
  • [November 2021] The Humboldt Institute and Fundacion Natura shared preliminary results with stakeholders. Additional stakeholder consultations and drafting of policy recommendations.
  • [March 2021] Cross-sectoral actors have been brought together by the Humboldt Institute to prioritize and evaluate different future policy pathways that promote a shift towards nature-positive land management, both at the national level as well as at subnational level in the Putumayo department.
  • [May 2020] A New work stream has been developed owing to the pandemic: in collaboration with Fundación Natura, the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation Framework is being applied to assess bioeconomic development pathways and scenarios for the Amazon region, feeding into green stimulus packages.
  • [April 2020] In collaboration with the Humboldt Institute, field missions were organized to the Putumayo Department to gather data on ecosystem services (with particular attention to the values of local and indigenous communities) as well as identify policy priorities with municipal and regional government actors.

Scope of work

Land-use Planning (Putumayo region)
UNEP supports the Humboldt Institute – the scientific arm of the National Environmental System – to institutionalize comprehensive food systems evaluations into national and subnational decision-making processes. This is changing the dialogue on valuing ecosystem services and biodiversity in agricultural landscapes in Colombia, as expressed by the Ministry of Environment and the Rural Agricultural Planning Agency [TEEBAgriFood national event].

As a result, cross-sectoral actors have been brought together to prioritize and evaluate different future policy pathways that promote a shift towards nature-positive land management, both at the national level as well as at subnational level in the Putumayo department – a biodiversity hotspot with relevance in terms of indigenous land. Preliminary findings from the Humboldt Institute show that regenerative agriculture and nature-based solutions are not only good for the environment, but also for livelihoods.

 

Developing biodiversity centered value chains (Amazon region)
Adequately recovering from the impacts of Covid-19 largely depends on the identification of sustainable and viable livelihood options. The bioeconomy has the potential to address multiple objectives: livelihoods, health, education and food security, while protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The Amazon region of Colombia, with its high biodiversity, presents a wide range of options with bioeconomic potential such as fruits, fiber and essential oils, amongst others. One of the most frequent and abundant botanical families are the native palm species, with various potential uses (food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical) and multiple opportunities for transformation and added value.

TEEBAgriFood aims to assess the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of selected (native palms) value chains with bioeconomic potential, in the Amazon region of Colombia. The feasibility of these value chains is assessed through i) the identification of barriers and opportunities for selected value chains, ii) consultations with local actors and key stakeholders, and iii) an assessment of the policy framework. The socioeconomic and environmental impacts of selected (native palms) value chains are assessed in comparison to alternative scenarios:

 

  • 1. What would happen if less sustainable livelihood options, focused on short term economic recovery, persist?
  • 2. What would happen if we only focused on biodiversity conservation efforts?
  • 3. What would happen if we combine conservation efforts with sustainable/bioeconomic livelihood opportunities?

 

The evidence generated through this scenario analysis can inform green recovery strategies and decision making at all levels. It can also provide baseline, feasibility and justification information for concrete on-the-ground investments as well as private sector engagement.

Publications and resources

Events and meetings

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