Coordination of the CCS: 

EECO Research Group,  

Biology Institute - Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia).

Biological research in Zamia species,

integral conservation programs (protection, restoration, sustainable use).


Montgomery Botanical Center (USA).

Research and ex-situ conservation programs of Cycads.


Medellin Botanical Garden (Colombia).

Ex-situ conservation programs of Colombian Cycads.


Bucaramanga Botanical Garden (Colombia).

Research, ex situ conservation (species of Santander).


CES-EIA Biology Research Group,  Universidad CES  (Colombia).

Research in species biology (species of the Magdalena valley).


Biodiversity Research Group & Herbarium (TOLI) - Universidad del Tolima.

Research and ex situ conservation programs (species of Tolima and Huila).


Macizo Colombiano Botanical Garden.

Research and ex situ conservation programs (species of Huila).


Bucaramanga Botanical Garden (Colombia).

Research, ex situ conservation and restoration programs in Zamia species of Santander.





Conservation action plans (CAP) are strategic planning tools used to define specific conservation outputs that can be monitored to evaluate concrete impacts regarding minimizing threats and improving the state of biodiversity. These CAPs for species or ecosystems can complement other biodiversity conservation strategies, like the management of protected areas. In Colombia, with one of the greatest richness of plant species in the world, is impractical to implement conservation plans for all species. Therefore, within the framework of the "National strategy for plant conservation" we have defined strategic groups, that work as umbrella groups to advance conservation action for many species and their habitats. One of the strategic groups of the National strategy for plant conservation in Colombia are the Cycads (Zamias).


For Colombian Zamias a CAP is being implemented, with strategic action for the years 2015 through 2025. This CAP was developed based on diagnostics of the conservation status of each species, based on available information on their geographical distribution and population biology and the threats on their populations and habitats. After discussions with relevant stakeholders for plant conservation, short- and long-term conservation goals were proposed, with actions and outputs associated to protection, restoration, sustainable use and management of knowledge, education and communication for conservation. The implementation of this conservation plan for Colombian Zamias is coordinated by the Colombian Cycad Society (see below the stakeholders involved).



Download here the complete document of the Conservation action plan for Zamia of Colombia (in spanish).



For a summary of the CAP for Zamia of Colombia, review this link of the RET 2016 from the Humboldt Institute (in spanish):

File 302 - RET: Report on the state and trends of biodiversity 2016


Bucaramanga Botanical Garden (Colombia).

Research, ex situ conservation and restoration programs in Zamia species of Santander.

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