Land use dynamics in the northern Colombian Amazon: the case of the arc of deforestation and cattle ranching
Jesica López is a PhD student at the Centre of Environmental and Climate Science at Lund University and at the Agenda 2030 Graduate School in the same University. She will be presenting her research for her half term seminar. Her opponent is Lina Eklund at the department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Sciences (https://portal.research.lu.se)
The aim of her study is to improve our systems' approach to understanding the mechanisms behind the land use transformation and cumulative effects of extensive cattle ranching into tropical forests in protected areas in the northwest of Amazon region of Colombia, which has become one of the most recent hotspots of forest loss in the Amazon basin. Jesica’s work seeks to explore effective and integrative forest governance mechanisms combining the systems thinking approach with the use of Causal Loop Diagrams (CLD) with remote sensing and GIS tools for Integrated Spatial Planning policies. The area of study focuses in the arc of deforestation, specifically in the northern part of the National Natural Park Chiribiquete in Guaviare and the Yarí savannahs in Caquetá, Colombia.
She uses the combination of system analysis and Geographical Information systems (GIS), as the methodological framework. The systems analysis will serve as a method to understand the dynamic behavior of complex systems and the spatial analysis as a method to study the characteristics of the landscape transformations in the study area. New perspectives into sustainable and integrated land use planning and management will be developed to understand the nexus between Sustainable Development Goal- SDG 2 “Zero-hunger”, 13 “Climate action”, 15 "Life on Land" and 16 “peace, justice and strong institutions” as pathways to achieve national targets in the decision-making process of sustainable land use in the Colombian Amazon.