Increase in the areas of sown pastures for the establishment of extensive livestock systems
Praderization is defined as the increase in the areas of pasture sown for the establishment of extensive cattle ranching systems, which mainly involves the felling and logging of natural forest, leading to the transformation of natural cover, which in turn causes the deterioration of the ecological structure of the forest. This phenomenon has been occurring in the Amazon continuously and in large areas since the middle of the 20th century.
The land cover maps of the Colombian Amazon, produced by the SINCHI Institute at a scale of 1:100,000, are used as the basis for the calculation of Praderization. For more information on the processes, see the methodology.