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Páramos Ecosystems, Colombia, 2006

This polygon dataset represents Paramos (also known as Montane Grasslands and Shrublands or Alpine Tundra Ecosystems) that are considered by the Colombian government as strategic and unique ecosystems as of 2006. Páramo can refer to a variety of alpine tundra ecosystems. Some ecologists describe the páramo broadly as "all high, tropical, montane vegetation above the continuous timberline". The páramo is the ecosystem of the regions above the continuous forest line, yet below the permanent snowlineIt is considered among the most vulnerable ecosystems in Colombia while being strategic for water supply in the Andean region. The biome includes high altitude (montane, subalpine, and alpine) grasslands and shrublands around the world.
Sistema de Inforrmacion Ambiental de Colombia (SIAC)
Colombia, South America, Northern Hemisphere, and Southern Hemisphere
polygon, environment, biota, boundaries, National protected areas systems, Natural areas., Ecological reserves, Wilderness areas., Nature conservation., Wildlife conservation., Grasslands., and Shrublands
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