Mitigating Climate Change in Colombia.

Páramos and Forests Activity

Project Dates: March 2018 - March 2023
With progressive policies and private sector and community engagement, Colombia is turning its international greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitments into action.

In Colombia, a country highly dependent on natural resources, climate change will have significant consequences. As the country consolidates a historic peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), it must also prepare for potential environmental deterioration as former combatants and displaced people resettle in rural areas. These challenges call for early action to reduce human, economic, and ecosystem vulnerability. The tropical forests of the Pacific Coast are among the most biodiverse in the world and the páramos (highland Andean wetlands and forests) are the source of 70 percent of the freshwater used by Colombians. Communities can be the best guarantors of these resources if they receive tangible benefits for their efforts through results-based conservation payments like reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and water funds. The USAID Páramos and Forests Activity responds to these challenges and opportunities to make economic growth and sound environmental stewardship compatible goals in a post-conflict scenario.

Project Goals


  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve water resources in strategic watersheds
  • Open opportunities for “green” production and payment for environmental services
  • Support policies to induce private investment and reward communities for sound conservation practices