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dc.creatorSierra, Carlos A.
dc.creatorMahecha, Miguel
dc.creatorPoveda, Germán
dc.creatorÁlvarez-Dávila, Esteban
dc.creatorGutiérrez-Vélez, Víctor Hugo
dc.creatorReu, Björn
dc.creatorFeilhauer, Hannes
dc.creatorAnáya, Jesús
dc.creatorArmenteras, Dolors
dc.creatorBenavides, Ana M.
dc.creatorBuendia, Corina
dc.creatorDuque, Álvaro
dc.creatorEstupiñan-Suarez, Lina M.
dc.creatorGonzález, Catalina
dc.creatorGonzalez-Caroc, Sebastián
dc.creatorJimenez, Rodrigo
dc.creatorKraemer, Guido
dc.creatorLondoño, Maria C.
dc.creatorOrrego, Sergio A.
dc.creatorPosadan, Juan M.
dc.creatorRuiz-Carrascal, Daniel
dc.creatorSkowronek, Sandra
dc.identifier.citationSierra, C.A., Mahecha, M., Poveda, G., et. al. (2017). Monitoring ecological change during rapid socio-economic and political transitions: Colombian ecosystems in the post-conflict era. Environmental Science & Policy, 76:40-49.
dc.description.abstractAfter more than 50-years of armed conflict, Colombia is now transitioning to a more stable social and political climate due to a series of peace agreements between the government and different armed groups. Consequences of these socio-economic and political changes on ecosystems are largely uncertain, but there is growing concern about derived increases in environmental degradation. Here, we review the capacity of Colombia to monitor the state of its ecosystems and their rate of change over time. We found several important programs currently set in place by different institutions as well as by independent groups of scientists that address different aspects of environmental monitoring. However, most of the current initiatives could be improved in terms of data coverage, quality and access, and could be better articulated among each other. We propose a set of activities that would increase the capacity of Colombia to monitor its ecosystems, provide useful information to policy makers, and facilitate scientific research. These include: 1) the establishment of a national center for ecological synthesis that focuses on analyzing existing information; 2) the establishment of an ecological observatory system that collects new information, integrates remote sensing products, and produces near real-time products on key ecological variables; and 3) the creation of new platforms for dialog and action within existing scientific and policy groups.
dc.format.extent10 pages
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dc.relation.haspartEnvironmental Science and Policy, Vol. 76, October 2017
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND
dc.subjectArmed conflict
dc.subjectEcosystem monitoring
dc.subjectState transitions
dc.subjectEcological synthesis
dc.subjectNational monitoring system
dc.titleMonitoring ecological change during rapid socio-economic and political transitions: Colombian ecosystems in the post-conflict era
dc.type.genreJournal article
dc.description.departmentGeography and Urban Studies
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dc.description.schoolcollegeTemple University. College of Liberal Arts
dc.temple.creatorGutiérrez-Vélez, Víctor H.

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