Why Colombia? Over 300 different ecosystems are found in Colombia. It houses nearly 10% of the planet’s biodiversity on less than 1% of its land mass, and leads the world in a number of categories. For instance it is home to an astonishing 1,900 bird species – double that of the U.S. and more than any other country – making the conservation of Colombia’s ecosystems a global priority.
These high-altitude páramos and cloud forests are among the planet’s most biodiverse ecosystems, and play a vital role in maintaining both the quality and quantity of the region’s water supply. This protected area is located at the headwaters of the Quiroz River, which irrigates 100,000 acres of agricultural land downstream.