Customize WePlan with national restoration objectives and datasets – Colombia

The Institute for Capacity Exchange in Environmental Decisions (formerly International Institute for Sustainability Australia) and the Colombian Institute for Biological Research, Alexander Von Humboldt, worked side-by-side to create a new and tailored version of WePlan, with their own interactive platform. This customization allowed to explore three different Colombia’s restoration targets:

  1. Bonn Challenge (1.000.000 ha)
  2. National government policies (6.472.750 ha and 8.000.000 ha)
  3. National research (6.000.000 ha, Etter et al. 2020, Land Use Policy, 99, 104874)

Customized key inputs to better reflect Colombia’s needs and reality, based on their local expertise

The Alexander Von Humboldt Institute provided datasets produced by national datasets and themselves as key inputs:

Tailored results aligned with Colombia’s restoration targets

Comparison of the different areas selected by targets for the cost-effective solution to support decision making


Cost-effectiveness analysis of carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation (mean percent reduction in extinction risk among all species) for each restoration target. Cost-effective shows the solution that maximises benefits against costs.

Scenarios for all targets suggested similar outcomes for biodiversity conservation, but carbon sequestration and costs vary. The smaller target (Bonn Challenge – 1,000,000ha) is less costly but also have limited climate mitigation capacity. The larger target (National Policy – 8,000,000) and the medium target (6,000,000ha – National Research) have similar capacity of climate mitigation (bigger target captures 10% more carbon than medium) and they capture four to 4.5 more carbon than the smaller target. In the other hand, the larger target cost 4.2 times more than the medium target and 18 times more than the smaller target, what makes the medium more cost-effective.

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