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I am a PhD student in Sustainable Land Use at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC. I've been living in the Nordics since 2009. I have a BSc in Environmental Biology at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá (Colombia) and a MSc in Forest and Nature Management at the University of Copenhagen. After my studies, I’ve gained experience in the private and public sector in Denmark as an ecosystem services consultant at consultancy firm COWI A/S Denmark, and ecosystem service specialist at Climate-KIC Nordic. I was also Project coordinator/Research assistant at the Department of Food and Resource Economics of the University of Copenhagen.

The overarching aim of my PhD study is to improve our systems' approach understanding the mechanisms behind the land use transformation. More specifically, the cumulative effects of extensive cattle ranching into tropical forests in protected areas, in order to implement effective and integrative land use planning in the northwest of Amazon region of Colombia. I am combining the systems approach with the use of Causal Loop Diagrams (CLD) together with remote sensing and GIS tools. The contribution of the study seeks to increase our knowledge to ensure pathways to reduce the alarming deforestation, create sustainable food systems and tackle the loss of biodiversity in this part of the Amazon.

As part of the Agenda 2030 graduate school at Lund University my research interests within the SGDs are focused on the nexus between the competition of land for food production (i.e., livestock) and the pressure on biodiversity and ecosystem services in protected areas with tropical rainforests. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Environmental Sciences

Free keywords

  • Sustainable Land use
  • Landscape ecology
  • Food systems
  • Deforestation
  • Northwest Amazon
  • Forest management
  • Policy making
  • applied systems science
  • Systems analysis
  • Biodiversity & Conservation
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Commodity-driven deforestation
  • Protected Areas
  • Remote sensing
  • Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda
  • GIS
  • Food and land Nexus

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