An Application of the Water-Energy-Land Use Framework to Understand Socio-Ecological Transformations in the Colombian Orinoco

The Orinoco river basin in Colombia is changing rapidly, with multiple public- and private-sector initiatives and investments that are bringing economic development, but also have important water, energy and land-use implications.

This project applies the ‘nexus’ approach to build an analytical framework to support government institutions in thinking about development in this region – particularly around biofuels – and its implications for biodiversity, ecosystems functioning, and the lives of indigenous people.

We expect that insights from this project will be valuable not only to decision-makers and stakeholders in the Orinoco region, but also more broadly across Latin America, by illustrating how the nexus approach can help identify water, energy and land-use tradeoffs and support more sustainable development choices that minimize negative impacts.

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