Keeping Colombia megadiverse
Home to a staggering 10% of all of the species of animals and plants on earth, Colombia’s biodiversity is staggeringly rich and varied. From the high mountains of the Andes descending deep into Amazonian rainforest, to expanses of grassland such as the llanos and páramos, as well as islands in both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Colombia is a treasure trove of life thriving in diverse habitats.
Earlham Institute is at the heart of an international network aiming to preserve, maintain and enrich the biodiversity of this fascinatingly diverse country.
With a land area of 1.142 million kilometres squared, Colombia is by far the smallest of the world’s five most biodiverse countries. Yet, closely following Brazil, Colombia is the second most “megadiverse” country on earth.