Colombia

At a Glance

The South America Regional Mission Environmental Program serves Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Most of Colombia’s population resides in the elevated Andes where water shortages and land degradation exist and in the coastal areas where sea level rise and floods threaten human settlements and economic activities. These climate and weather events can damage irrigated agriculture, human health, sectors such as hydropower that rely on a consistent water supply, and sea level rise in major cities that rely on tourism. Colombia’s greenhouse gas emissions have previously been dominated by the energy sector, followed by agriculture, land-use change and forestry, waste, and industrial processes.

    Climate Projections and Impacts

    Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2017) for more information. 

    Climate Projections

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    Increased/More Frequent Precipitation

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    Sea Level Rise

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    Increased Temperature

    Key Climate Impact Areas

    Agriculture

    Ecosystems

    Infrastructure

    Human Health

    Water Resources

    Funding and Key Indicators

    Refer to metadata and sources for more details.


    USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)

    Total

    $33 Million

    Adaptation

    $5 Million

    Clean Energy

    $7 Million

    Sustainable Landscapes

    $21 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability

    Medium

    Population (2020)

    49.1 million

    GHG Emissions Growth

    6.39%

    % Forested Area

    52.7%

    Climate Change Information

    Colombia Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

    According to the recently released Amazon Vision 2020 Report, USAID and its global partners improved the management and conditions of key landscapes in the Amazon, working on more than 48 million hectares.
    The convergence of tropical atmospheric currents generate a steady wind across Northern Colombia. This persistent climatic phenomenon provides the potential for a very reliable and expansive source of wind-generated power.
    Uptake of low emissions agriculture research outputs by policymakers and other stakeholders requires time. Even when researchers are interested in pursuing the scaling and use of research outputs, most are not incentivized to take this on. Allocating targeted resources and donor support, while involving science communicators and outreach specialists can be effective in overcoming constraints to delivering low emission development research to policymakers.