Roughly the size of Texas and Oklahoma combined, Colombia is the second most biologically diverse country on Earth, harboring one of every 10 species of plants and animals on the planet. Colombia has the largest bird list of any country: 1,870 bird species! Unique to the region, Colombia holds swaths of Andean mountain landscapes called paramos; these ecosystems look like deserts but act as giant sponges and provide crucial water delivery to big cities like Bogota.
Home to more than 48 million people, in Colombia we are crafting, testing and exporting innovative conservation tools to harmonize human activities and nature. For the past three decades, TNC has used investment strategies to protect freshwater, involved the private sector to jump start protected area declaration, helped ranchers intensify production and boost conservation and devised ways to integrate conservation needs into larger infrastructure projects.
We not only enable dynamic growth for Colombia and empower people to thrive; we also ensure the conservation of Colombia's priceless natural capital.
Investing in nature to secure freshwater for Colombia's most at-risk cities.
Increasing the environmental, economic and social benefits of productive landscapes.
Designing necessary infrastructure to have no net impact on natural capital.
Learn about how Ana Cecilia Sierra de Avellaneda has lived in and protected the Chingaza Paramo for the past 60 years.
The Nature Conservancy works to protect Colombia’s economic engine—the Magdalena river basin.
See how the Conservancy is helping ensure clean drinking water for Colombia’s capital.