The impact of protected areas in woody cover conservation in Boyaca, Colombia 1999-2015

Authors: Jorge Ruiz*, Universidad Pedagógica Y Tecnológica De Colombia
Topics: Land Use and Land Cover Change, Landscape, Latin America
Keywords: conservation, deforestation, protected areas, Colombia, Boyaca
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Tyler, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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We calculated deforestation and reforestation between ca. 1999 and 2015 for the department of Boyaca in the eastern Colombian Andes. This was calculated for each of the four Ecoregions present in Boyaca. The paramo, a high elevation ecosystem that sometimes has shrubs, was omitted from the study in order to reduce noise. Forest dynamics was obtained from a mosaic of four Landsat OLI, ETM+, and TM imagery that was classified using the subpixel classifier in ERDAS IMAGINE. Protected areas were comprised of national (4), regional (12) and local parks (10) as well as Civil Society Natural Reserves (30). Our results are surprising, suggesting that woody cover has increased significantly, by one fifth and approximately 834 km2 outside protected areas, with the increase inside protected areas has been only marginal. In fact, in one ecoregion, the Eastern Cordillera, forest cover was reduced by 15% inside protected areas. From the policy point of view, it is clear that in a post-conflict era, there are not enough park rangers at all levels of protected areas in this Ecoregion.

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