May 21st, 2015

Putting out a new CIAT project: Sustainable Amazonian Landscapes (SAL)

- Blog post by Karolina Argote -

The project SAL, with an investment of 6.8 million dollars and a duration of 4 years, arose as a strategy to complement initiatives that Peru and Colombia are putting forward to reduce deforestation, increase carbon sequestration, and strengthen adaptation capacity to climate change at the local and national levels.

Why do we work in the Amazon rainforest of Colombia and Peru?

Did you know that: Peru and Colombia house 23% of the Amazonian jungle?


Peru and Colombia have a commitment to reduce the net losses of their natural forests to zero, as well as design national action plans for the mitigation of and adaption to climate change.

The project #AmazonianLandscapes is a showing of the commitment to the sustainable development of the #Amazonia in Peru and Colombia.


The project #AmazonianLandscapes counts on the collaboration of @InstitutoSINCHI @uniamazonia @UNALaMolina


In order for these two countries to fulfill these commitments the project SAL will identify agricultural systems capable of expanding carbon sinks, protecting forests, strengthening the climate change adaptation capacity of local communities, and improving agricultural production.

The project #AmazonianLandscapes is an example of that which we can achieve at the level of Latin America when we unit forces across governments.


What does the project SAL aim to do?

CIAT, by means of the project SAL, seeks to evaluate the options present in two sites – Loreto (Peru) and Caquetá (Colombia) – chosen for their high indices of deforestation (which is associated with livestock farming, the expansion of commercial agriculture, the reduction in productive capacity of the soil, and the construction of roads) and because their local policymakers show a special interest in reversing the land degradation present.

The Project Sustainable #Amazonian Landscapes will be developed in Loreto, Peru and Caqueta, Colombia


#AmazonianLandscapes in two sites Loreto-Peru and Caqueta-Colombia. Why? 1. High rates of deforestation, 2. High interest in reversing these


Thursday May 21st, 2015: Project SAL launch in Bogota, Colombia

Putting out new project Sustainable (Colombian Peruvian) Amazonian Landscapes


Don’t miss the project launch for #AmazonianLandscapes starting at 7:00 pm in Bogota


Live follow the launch of the project Sustainable (Colombian Peruvian) Amazonian Landscapes


Bogota launch of sustainable #AmazonianLandscapes, an @iki_bmub, @bmub project in partnership with @PIK_Climate, and many more!


Andy Jarvis, director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area (DAPA) of CIAT, ready to initiate the project launch.

Only minutes until the start of the project launch of Sustainable #AmazonianLandscapes


Tangmar Marmon, coordinator of the Chiribiquete Program of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), Rhena Hoffmann, coordinator of the REDD+ program of GIZ and Sandra Jaramillo, director of the Foundation Network Development and Peace of Caqueta (Fundación Red Desarrollo y Paz del Caquetá), present at the launch.

@giz_gmbh, @REDCaquetaPaz present at the launch of Sustainable #AmazonianLandscapes


Juan Carlos Suárez, coordinator of the Master’s in Agroforestery and the Master’s in Sustainable Production Systems of the Universidad de la Amazonía, with headquarters in Florencia, Caqueta. And Nora Patricia Catañeda, coordinator of the project SAL.

@uniamazonia present for the launch of the project Sustainable #AmazonianLandscapes


In addition, we were pleased to have the presence of: Astrid Eugenia Cruz and Guillermo Prieto of the Directive of Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, Juliana Monsalve of the Fundación Patrimonio Natural, Joaquín Carrizosa of The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Eduardo Ariza of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Carlos Lozano of Nestlé.


Marcus Von Essen, director of the Department of Cooperation and Development of the Embassy of Germany in Bogota.

Introduction from the director of cooperation of the German embassy: “That which is most important is the people”


Andy Jarvis speaking on the role CIAT plays in improving adaptation to climate change in the Amazon and relating how the idea to initiate this project arose.

@ajarviscali tells the story of the project: #amazonianlandscapes. It has been three years since the idea for our project was first born!


We want to improve the living conditions of the people in this region.


@ajarviscali the project #amazonianlandscapes: contributes a structure to the future on how to build sustainable landscapes in the Amazons



Monitoring of deforestation in real time

We will use the tool Terra-I to carry out deforestation monitoring in the Peruvian Amazon.



We will promote agroforestry and silvopastoral systems as sustainable options for land use

We are positioning agroforestry and silvopastoral systems as land use alternatives #AmazonianLandscapes



Karolina Argote, SAL project expert on Geographic Information Systems and database management, and Nora Castañeda, coordinator of the project, grateful to all of the participating institutions.


The end of the project launch for #AmazonianLandscapes in Bogota. Thank you! …and Let’s get to work!


A positive outcome to the day. We achieved the identification of points in common so as not to duplicate efforts.


Thanks for all of your active participation! @REDCaquetaPaz @InstitutoSINCHI @climatefocus @WWFColombia @uniamazonia @bmub #AmazonianLandscapes


And let’s get down to the task… To work together for a sustainable Amazonia!



Written originally in Spanish by Karolina Argote
Translated by Natalie Orentlicher