Migratory species in agroecosystems in Colombia

 

The distribution of migratory species in Colombia and the prioritization of important areas for their conservation in agroecosystems (August 2012 – January 2013)

Status – Finished

Summary

The persistent declines in the populations of many migratory species are of global concern and it is precisely the highly mobile nature of migratory animals that often hinders our ability to protect them. Existing protected areas are not enough to guarantee the conservation of species that move between continents, have specific requirements at each stage of their life cycles and that generally use a wide range of habitats. This is why the effective conservation of migratory species depends on the implementation of management practices both within protected areas and outside them, including productive rural landscapes, in order to guarantee the protection of the resources these species require throughout their life cycles. The protection of migratory species in productive systems works both ways, as many species provide crucial environmental services like pest control and polinization, and can enhance production.

To understand the needs of migratory species, we first need to know how their distribution changes throughout the year. In all species, their distribution in space will vary between active migration periods and stationary periods (also known as wintering periods). In Colombia, this information is still limited for many species and yet it is essential if we are to fully understand the needs of migratory species. An important first step towards filling these information gaps, is the compilation of historic and current records of migratory species, in order to visualize their distribution during both migration and the stationary periods. The standardization of all these records in a georeferenced database is a key first step, enabling us to highlight research gaps, design national strategies and to prioritize critical areas for protection.

In this project, SELVA compiled, standardized and georeferenced the available information on migratory birds, bats, buterflies, dragonflies and fish in Colombia for the Rural Planning and Management Unit (UPRA) of the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture. Working with the UPRA, we will subsequenty use the complete georeferenced database of migratory species, as a tool for identifying and establishing conservation strategies in rural landscapes and to determine land use policies that benefit migratory species and complement exisiting protected areas.

A call to contribute information

We invited researchers, institutions and the general public to contribute information about migratory species and take advantage of this opportunity to influence national policies in benefit of migratory species. To learn who contributed please click here.

Links

http://www.minagricultura.gov.co/01ministerio/upra.aspx

Documents to download

Final reports (in spanish):

PDF SELVA. 2012. Agroecosistemas beneficiosos para las especies migratorias de Colombia. Gómez, C. y J. M. Díaz (Eds). Informe final del Convenio 044 del 2012 entre SELVA: Investigación para la Conservación en el Neotrópico y la UPRA (Unidad de Planificación de Tierras Rurales, Adecuación de Tierras y Usos Agropecuarios) del Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural. 165 pp. Bogotá, Colombia.

PDF García-Márquez, J. R., M. I. Moreno y O. Sacharow. 2012. Modelameinto de áreas críticas para especies migratorias con relación a los agroecosistemas de Colombia. Informe final del Convenio 044 del 2012 entre SELVA: Investigación para la Conservación en el Neotrópico y la UPRA (Unidad de Planificación de Tierras Rurales, Adecuación de Tierras y Usos Agropecuarios) del Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural. 165 pp. Bogotá, Colombia.

Donors

This project was financed by the Rural Planning and Management Unit (UPRA) of the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture, through agreement No 044 of 2012.

Project Team

  • Scientific Director –  Juan Manuel Díaz PhD, Fundación MarViva
  • Project Coordinator – Camila Gómez , SELVA
  • GIS and Database Coordinator  – Maria Isabel Moreno MSc (c), SELVA
  • GIS and Cartography – Olga Sacharow & Jaime García Marquez PhD.
  • Databases & Georeferencing – Ronald Fernandez, GAICA
  • Databases & Georeferencing – Paola Andrea Cubillos
  • Databases & Georeferencing – Nathalie Baena
  • Expert in Agroecology and Rural Landscapes – Germán I Andrade MSc, Universidad de Los Andes / Fundación Humedales
  • Coordinator for Agroecology and Rural Landscapes – Gonzalo Pradilla MSc (c), Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Fish expert and information compiler – Javier Maldonado PhD, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • Bat expert –Hugo Mantilla Meluk PhD, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Bats, information compiler – Manuel Rodríguez, Fundación Chimbilako
  • Bird expert – Nicholas Bayly PhD, SELVA
  • Birds, information compiler – Ana María Díaz
  • Insect expert– Efraín Henao PhD (c), Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Insects, information compiler – Selene Escobar MSc, Universidad del Valle