BACC Project

cloudforestBiodiversity, Agriculture and Conservation in Colombia /
Biodiversidad, Agricultura y Conservacion en Colombia

As the most species-rich nation on Earth, Colombia has a key role to play in averting the global extinction crisis. The BACC project quantifies the biodiversity and ecosystem service values of the Tropical Andes, Choco-Magdalena, and Llanos of Colombia, and how agriculture affects these values. In doing so, BACC identifies core pathways for conservation as Colombia seeks to develop a sustainable bioeconomy.

The BACC project involves a network of researchers from Colombia, Europe and USA who work in close collaboration with researchers from the Instituto Alexander von Humboldt. BACC was founded and is co-directed by David Edwards (University of Sheffield) and Torbjorn Haugaasen (Norwegian University of Life Sciences).

BACC publications

#21) Davies RW, Edwards DP, Medina CA, Cardenas-Bauista JS, Haugassen T, Gilroy JJ, Edwards FA (2021) Replacing low-intensity cattle pasture with oil palm conserves dung beetle functional diversity when paired with forest protection. Journal of Environmental Management 283: 112009

#20) Grima N, Edwards DP, Edwards FA, Petley DA, Fisher B (2020) Protection from landslides:  The economics of an often-overlooked ecosystem service. Science of the Total Environment 745: 141128

#19) Edwards FA, Massam MR, Cannon P, Cosset CCP, Haugaasen T, Gilroy JJ, Edwards DP (2021) Sparing land for secondary forest regeneration protects more tropical biodiversity than land sharing in cattle farming landscapes. Current Biology 31: 1284-1293

#18) Davies RW, Edwards DP, Edwards FA (2020) Secondary tropical forests recover dung beetle functional diversity and trait composition. Animal Conservation 23: 617-627

#17) Hethcoat M, King BJ, Fernandez Castiblanco F, Ortiz-Sepúlveda CM, Prada Achiardi FC, Edwards FA, Medina C, Gilroy JJ, Haugaasen T, Edwards DP (2019) The impact of secondary forest regeneration on ground-dwelling ant communities of the Tropical Andes. Oecologia 191: 475-482

#16) Cannon PG, Gilroy JJ, Tobias JA, Haugaasen T, Anderson A, Edwards DP (2019) Land-sparing farming sustains higher avian functional diversity than does land sharing. Global Change Biology 25: 1576-1590

#15) López-Ricaute L, Edwards DP, Romero N, Gilroy JJ (2017) Impacts of oil palm expansion on avian biodiversity in a Neotropical natural savannah.Biological Conservation 213: 225-233

#14) González del Pliego P, Scheffers BR, Basham EW, Araujo M, Acosta-Galvis AR, Medina CA, Haugaasen T, Freckleton RP, Edwards DP (2020) Thermal tolerance and the importance of microhabitats for Andean frogs in the context of to land-use and climate change. Journal of Animal Ecology 89: 2451-2460

#12) Edwards DP, Massam MR, Haugaasen T, Gilroy JJ (2017) Secondary forest regeneration conserves high levels of avian phylogenetic diversity. Biological Conservation 209: 432-439

#11) Basham EW, González del Pliego P, Woodcock P, Medina CA, Gilroy JJ, Edwards DP (2016) Amphibian recovery in tropical Andean secondary forests. Animal Conservation 19: 548-560

#10) González del Pliego P, Scheffers BR, Basham EW, Woodcock P, Wheeler CE, Gilroy JJ, Medina CA, Haugaasen T, Freckleton RP, Edwards DP (2016) Thermally buffered microhabitats recovery in tropical secondary forests following land abandonment. Biological Conservation 201: 385-395

#9) Prescott GW, Gilroy JJ, Haugaasen T, Medina CA, Foster WA, Edwards DP (2016) Reducing the negative impacts of Neotropical oil palm development on functional diversity. Biological Conservation 197: 139-145

#8) Scheffers BR, Edwards DP, Macdonald SL, Senior RA, Andriamahohatra L.R., Roslan N., Rogers A.M., Haugaasen T, Wright P, Williams SE (2017) Extreme thermal heterogeneity in structurally complex tropical rain forests. Biotropica 49: 35-44

#7) Edwards DP, Gilroy JJ, Thomas GH, Medina CA, Haugaasen T (2015) Land-sparing agriculture best protects avian phylogenetic diversity. Current Biology 25: 2384-2391

#6) Prescott GW, Gilroy JJ, Medina CA, Haugaasen T, Foster WA, Edwards DP (2016) Managing Neotropical oil palm expansion to retain phylogenetic diversity. Journal of Applied Ecology 53: 150-158

#5) Gilroy JJ, Medina CA, Haugaasen T, Edwards DP (2015) Effect of scale on trait predictors of species responses to agriculture. Conservation Biology 29: 463-472

#4) Gilroy JJ, Prescott GW, Cardenas JS, Castaneda P, Medina CA, Haugaasen T, Edwards DP (2015) Minimizing the biodiversity impact of Neotropical oil palm development. Global Change Biology 21: 1531-1540

#3) Gilroy JJ, Edwards FA, Medina CA, Haugaasen T, Edwards DP (2014) Surrounding habitats mediate the trade-off between land-sharing and land-sparing agriculture in the tropics. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 1337-1346

#2) Gilroy JJ, Woodcock P, Edwards FA, Wheeler CE, Baptiste BLG, Medina CA, Haugaasen T, Edwards DP (2014) Cheap carbon and biodiversity co-benefits from forest regeneration in a hotspot of endemism. Nature Climate Change 4: 503-507

#1) Gilroy JJ, Woodcock P, Edwards FA, Wheeler CE, Medina CA, Haugaasen T, Edwards DP (2014) Optimising carbon and biodiversity co-benefits in tropical agricultural landscapes. Global Change Biology 20: 2162-2172