Who we are

The Center for Orinoquia Studies (CEO) at Universidad de los Andes, is an articulating body between the university’s capacity for academic research and management and existing needs. The Center participates active and efficiently in the development and construction of a prosperous, sustainable, and pertinent future for the region.

What we do

With the aim of becoming a platform that supports the development of the Orinoquia and part of the Colombian Amazonia, and based on the regional initiatives and needs, which represent the fundamental thematic axes in territorial sustainable development model, and the university’s expertise (and that of other actors with which it can establish alliances), the CEO will focus its efforts on the following activities:

• Consolidate itself as a laboratory for ideas and projects that support and guide regional development.
• Prioritize its resources and efforts in terms of the coordination and execution of projects with direct and relevant regional-scale impact.
• Structure and execute research and intervention projects that are meaningful or replicable models that promote sustainable social, economic and environmental development for the region. Projects in the following areas are feasible:

  • Natural resources (Water, fauna, flora)
  • Agriculture
  • Livestock
  • Tourism
  • Agro-industry
  • Sustainability
  • Conservation
  • Land planning
  • Energy
  • Mobility, etc.

• Know about and understand the region’s development plans and work together with the local government entities to support their fulfillment.
• Support the articulation of national policies in the region.
• Develop programs and agreements with regional universities that allow the Center to invest in human capital, in order to strengthen and increase the capacity for research, innovation and competition at regional, national and international levels.
• To be a link between the region, Colombia and the rest of the world: promote topics aligned with the regional goals, obtain sources of funding, resources and collaboration (logistic and administrative) in order to pool efforts to achieve the goals of the projects in execution and the CEO’s own goals.
• Offer consultancy in topics in which the university had expertise.

How we work

The CEO considers the articulated work with regional actors fundamental. In order to advance successfully in this purpose, it has defined a number of guiding principles for its activities:

CEO Lines of work

Ecosystems and landscapes: Research and monitor the region’s biodiversity in order to find out about its different ecosystems.
Conservation of wildlife, natural resources, and environmental services: Identify strategic areas for conservation and effective ways of protecting and using this wealth for everyone’s benefit.
Productive, responsible, and competitive rural development: Innovate in terms of productivity, equilibrium of the ecosystems, good practices, assessment, land adaptation and occupation.
Health and education as pillars of development: Health and education will allow us to build, together with the population, solid bases of research that will make two-way contributions to science and the population.
Governability: By strengthening and creating networks, we set out strategies that will turn into guiding paths for research and establish solid bases to promote social well being and development.

Under these lines of action, the CEO develops its projects and activities within a scheme that contemplates:

• The recognition of the region’s needs, of our capacities (as a university), and the articulation of both, in order to provide answers and foster effective solutions that will have an impact.
• The association of groups that propagate the region’s development, through direct invitations to governors and companies to participate in problem resolution.
• The participation, through academic spaces for discussion and divulgation, of government entities, the private sector, foundations, national and international philanthropic organizations, the international cooperation entities, etc.
• The consolidation of alliances with other universities, research centers and organizations that are related to our objectives.