Empowering forest-dependent communities in unique biodiversity hotspots

    Megadiversity in the tropics

    Colombia is home to over 10% of the world’s plant and animal species despite covering just 0.7% of the planet’s surface, and has more registered species of birds and amphibians than any other country in the world. Even by Colombian standards, the lowland rainforests of Colombia’s Pacific coast are outstanding. This region, known as the Chocó, is a vast expanse of seasonally flooded forests, rainforests, and mangroves characterized by some of the highest levels of rainfall on the planet.