Making Worlds: Natures, Technologies, and Futures 

 Monica Amador & Naomi Millner 

The 23th and 24th of march 2022 saw the international seminar Making Worlds: Nature, Technologies, and Futures, take place in Bogota-Colombia. This seminar, organised by Naomi Millner and Monica Amador, in collaboration with the Universidad EAN, the Universidad Nacional, The Universidad del Rosario and the BioResilience project (funded by NERC-AHRC), brought together scholars, activists, students and environmental organisations to explore environmental issues and environmental politics. Through seminars, lectures and discussions, we explored the profound environmental problems that are pushing the planet to the tipping-point, with an emphasis on the place of alternative ways of knowing the world, Indigenous thinking, and technologies, in moving beyond multiple forms of crisis. We drew in particular on new conversation in political ecology and theories of political ontology, covering topics as diverse as the rights of nature and the use of drones in conservation.

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BioResilience Positive Impact in the Tropical Andean Forests of Colombia

Monica Amador-Jimenez & Naomi Millner 

The positive impact of  BioResilience on the forest communities of the High Andes of Colombia  in Monquentiva and in the Tropical Andean Forest in Quinchas between 2019-2022.



Socialization of results of the  socio-cultural component. July 2021. Picture with the Communal Leaders of the Village of Monquentiva. 

1. Reconstruction of socio-environmental history in the Paramo of Monquentiva, 2. International Seminar on Socio-environmental Histories, 3. Strengthening of community associativity for Ecotourism, 4. Accompaniment of the community during the Covid19 crisis, 5 Meetings and workshops on socio-environmental relations in the Paramos, 6. Audiovisual Production: ‘At the Top of the Mountains’, 7. Workshops on indigenous and peasant stories of dwelling in the Paramos, 8. Writing of academic articles, 9. Collaboration with environmental authorities and international conservation NGOs, and 10. Training of local leaders in socio-environmental issues.

Discussion with the communal leaders  with regard conservation programmes for the protection of the Regional Natural Park Monquentiva. July 2021. 


Positive Impact and Recommendations to environmental authorities by the BioResilience Research Team with regard to socio-environmental conflicts in the Tropical Humid Forest in the Serrania de las Quinchas.

Socialization and workshop ‘Recommendation to environmental authorities for the protection of Serrania de las Quinchas. February 2022. 

Recomendations elaborated with peasants  of La Serrania de las Quinchas-Boyaca:

  1.  Implementation of the Environmental Management Plan (which expired in 2021) by emphasizing Ecotourism, Ecological Restoration, Sustainable Agriculture, and Land titling and registration within the park and in the area of ​​influence for Inclusive Environmental Governance.
  2. Definition of the limits of the natural park through explicit demarcation and a lands cadastre inside the Park and in the buffer area for the regularization of land titles to peasants who live inside the natural park through conservation agreements
  3. To develop Inclusive Environmental Governance with the participation of representatives of the villages and local authorities of the municipalities of Las Quinchas in Boyacá for the definition of conservation strategies.
  4. Developing a Pilot of Community Forest Monitoring for the Serranía de las Quinchas Natural Park in the Serranía buffer zone and promoting the model of forest concessions that are already successful in Peten-Guatemala
  5. Generating financing programs for community forestry based on Oil Royalties, but with autonomy from the oil companies, for the development of green businesses associated with community forestry, non-timber forestry, and sustainable agriculture.
  6. The integration of the peasants of Las Quinchas to the PNIS Program in its implementation and agreement based on the Peace Agreements Between the Colombian Government and FARC guerrillas
  7. Developing Community Ecotourism from the Veredales Communal Action Boards within and in the area of ​​influence of Las Quinchas
  8. The installation of a Research Base for the study of Biodiversity, Climate Change Adaptation, and bio-economy within the Natural Park, promoted by the Ministry of Sciences and Technology, the Ministry of Environment, the UPTC University and the University of Boyacá.
  9. To Promote ecological restoration of the Quinchas with community nurseries managed by the Community Action Boards.




BioResilience in the Public Hearing about Socio-Environmental Conflicts in Serrania de las Quinchas at the Senate of Colombia

Mónica Amador-Jiménez & Julieth Serrano


BioResilience scientists are committed to contributing to the conservation of Colombian Andean ecosystems through inclusive environmental governance and rigorous interdisciplinary science. Mónica Amador-Jiménez and Julieth Serrano represented the BioResilience project during a session at Comision V of the Colombian Senate -the most important commission at the Colombian Senate discussing about land distribution, agrarian and environmental issues- chaired by the Colombian Senator Jorge Eduardo Londoño (Green Alliance Party) on April 16, 2021. They highlighted the ecological value of the natural resources at Las Quinchas, and the socio-ecological context that should be considered when debating conservation actions in this area (see video below).

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Translating Páramo: Historical and Scientific Practices Making Páramos in the Eastern Andes of Colombia.

Mónica Amador-Jiménez & Daniel Tarazona

Páramos are high-altitude ecosystems typical of the Neotropics. In the Andes, they are located above the Andean forest strip (Rangel-Ch, 2000) at altitudes between 3400 m.a.s.l. and up to 5000 m.a.s.l. In the northern part of the Andes, the inferior limits of these ecosystems are considered to be between 2800 and 3000 m.a.s.l. The páramos found in the eastern Andes of Colombia present high precipitation and low temperatures, with temperatures reaching below 0°C during night-time and with an average of approx. 15 °C during the day (Sarmiento et al., 2013). Páramos host several native and endemic species (Hofstede et al., 2003) and in Colombia, they occupy 2.5% of the Colombian territory (Sarmiento et al., 2013). According to ecological studies, they are essential for the provision and regulation of water (Rangel-Ch., 2000) and function as soil-based carbon reservoirs, hence their importance as strategic ecosystems for climate change mitigation (Armenteras et al., 2003).

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Commoning to face COVID19, the experience of the Monquentiva Páramo Community

Mónica Amador

Research Associate, University of Bristol

In this blog, we are going to talk about how the inhabitants of the high Andean forests in the eastern mountain range of Colombia have experienced and faced the Covid-19 health crisis. Regarding this experience, we will reflect on the notion of commoning, a discussion that has gained relevance in recent years among Latin American thinkers, to understand socio-environmental relationships in the Latin American context.

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by Ismael García Espinoza, MSc student in Geography, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Bogotá (Comments: Dunia H. Urrego)


It is an exciting —and strange— thing to arrive, for the first time, to a country knowing that it will be your home for longer than a month. It all gets even quirkier when you discover this new home is way colder than you thought, and pubs are always full of people who like warm beer a lot.

I had the opportunity of working as a visiting research student during a month within the Tropical Palaeoecology Group at the University of Exeter. My visit was supported through a collaboration between Prof. Dolors Armenteras of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Bogotá and Dr. Dunia H. Urrego of the University of Exeter, UK, and funded by the NERC-AHRC project BioResilience (

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Covid19 in the Inter-Andean Forests of Colombia

Mónica Amador-Jiménez and Naomi Millner

In this blog post, we want to zoom in on the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown restrictions have had on forests and populations at different altitudinal gradients in the eastern Andean forest of Colombia.

We will in this text concentrate on two areas along with the central-eastern Andes mountain range, areas where the research project “BioResilience of the Andean Forest in Colombia” has been conducting ecological and sociocultural fieldwork: 1. The Serranía de las Quinchas mountain range in the Middle Magdalena region in the Andes lowlands, and 2. The highlands of the Monquentiva Natural Park, which is part of the biological corridor of the Chingaza National Natural Park.

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PAGES will support the “Environmental histories and interdisciplinary perspectives on resilience in the tropical Andes Workshop”, Bogotá-Colombia.

Coordinators: Dr Felipe Franco-Gaviria, University of Exeter and Dr Mónica Amador-Jiménez, University of Bristol                         
Disciplines: This workshop addresses the issues related to past environmental change and their effects on socio-ecological resilience in Andean Ecosystems. The workshop intends to integrate human sociocultural practices and long-term environmental change, incorporating a multi-disciplinary perspective in achieving this. The disciplines include but not limited to anthropology, archaeology, history, and paleo-science.
Dates: To be confirmed, potentially between December 2020 and February 2021
Venue: Bogotá, Colombia
Sponsors Past Global Changes PAGES

Researches from BioResilience project have been working on organising a workshop about “Environmental histories and interdisciplinary perspectives on resilience in the tropical Andes” in Bogota, Colombia. This workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking on environmental histories of Andean ecosystems. During two days the workshop seeks to i) Study the magnitude and duration of environmental changes and their potential impact on humans and ecological processes in Andean ecosystems, ii) Build an interdisciplinary academic network on the understanding of the factors that have contributed to the resilience of the Andean ecosystems, and iii)Produce policy-relevant information through the knowledge of long-term environmental change and their effects in social and ecological resilience.

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Efforts to Promote Environmental Governance in Serranía de las Quinchas

Camilo Altamar Giraldo, Master Student Universidad de Manizales and Mónica Amador, University of Bristol  (Translation and comments: Juan Riaño and Naomi Millner)

Environmental governance is a central element of socio-ecological resilience, so its study is essential to understand the dynamics that are used in the territories, especially in those ecosystems where the biophysical component is extremely important and is attended by anthropogenic difficulties such as armed conflict and deforestation of forests.

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