Colombia has more than 130 thousand species of plants and 363 marketable wood species. Colombia’s extraordinary variety of ecosystems makes it the second most biodiverse country on the planet. In 2017, 52% of the Colombian continental territory was covered by natural forests.
In 2018, 198,000 hectares of forest were deforested, 70.1% of which occurred in the Amazon region, mainly in the departments of Amazonas, Caquetá, Meta and Putumayo. Causes of deforestation include land grabbing, planting of illegal crops, bad cattle ranching practices, illegal extraction of minerals and wood, construction of unauthorized roads, and the haphazard extension of the agricultural border due to burning and forest fires
In Colombia, 47% of the commercialization and extraction of timber species corresponds to unknown or illegal sources. This illegal commercialization presents a significant enforcement challenge for regional environmental authorities.
In the forestry sector, illegal deforestation occurs throughout the process of timber extraction, processing, transportation, and marketing. The Ministry of the Environment in collaboration with the United States Embassy in Colombia are hosting a hackathon to encourage citizen participation in confronting this challenge and to develop viable technological tools to help mitigate, neutralize and help control illegal timber traffic.
When: November 16 - 17, 2019.
Where: Tadeo Lab, Cl. 22 # 330, Bogotá - Colombia.
Register here: http://tadeolabhack.com/