Over half of Colombia’s land area is covered by forests.
Despite its small size, Colombia has the world’s eighth-largest forest cover and is the second most biodiverse country on Earth.
At least 10% of the Colombian Amazon has already been deforested and 2016 and 2017 saw sharp increases in tree cover loss – as the aftermath of a historic peace deal saw logging, mining and cattle ranching spread into areas of forest previously controlled by rebels.
More than half of the Colombian Amazon is legally managed by Indigenous Peoples, in the form of legally recognized areas called resguardos.
Forests designated as Indigenous Reserves in Colombia experience rates of deforestation 10 times lower than other forests.