, Volume 84, Issue 6, pp 1429–1445 | Cite as

Conservation and people’s livelihoods in Colombia

  • Luis Sanchez-AyalaEmail author
  • Alexandra Areiza-Tapias


This paper seeks to focus on the way in which land transformation related to the grabbing process are directly involved in people’s livelihoods and life projects. We use the term territorial grabbing instead of green grabbing (or just land grabbing), because even though the case that we illustrate in our work can be describe as a green grab, we make a call for the necessity of a comprehensive analysis of the socio-spatial implications that polices such as the governmental environmental conservation agenda can implicate for individuals and communities in terms of impacts, influences, and [re]significations of their territories and territorialities. Therefore, our objective is to go beyond the discussion on the appropriation of land and resources for environmental purposes (and therefore the discussion of land dynamics in relation to globalization, foreign investment, markets liberalization, violence, and control) to bring also into the debate the diverse socio-spatial implications and meanings that create a geographical imagination capable of having profound influences on the way in which people and groups understand their place in the world.


Territorial grabbing Green grabbing Landscape change Colombia Latin America 



This work was funded by the Universidad de los Andes and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical standards

Our work involved human participants. Therefore, we declare that informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study. Likewise, all procedures performed in this study were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Ethical Committee of the Universidad de los Andes, and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad de los AndesBogotáColombia
  2. 2.Alexander von Humboldt InstituteBogotáColombia

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