Central American Isthmian & Colombian Coastal Forests bioregion

The bioregion’s land area is provided in units of 1,000 hectares. The protection goal is the combined Global Safety Net (GSN1) areas for the component ecoregions. The protection level indicates the percentage of the GSN goal that is currently protected on a scale of 0-10. N/A means data is not available at this time.

  • 27,277
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 11
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 64%
    Protection Target
  • 3
    Protection Level

The Isthmian & Colombian Coastal bioregion, located in the Central America (Neotropical) realm, consists almost entirely of dense tropical forests with dry coastal forests surrounding Panama Bay and the Gulf of Parita on the southern side of the Isthmus of Panama. From a biogeographical perspective, Central America locks into the South American continent, extending down the full extent of Colombia’s Pacific coast and incorporating the humid forests of the Magdalena River valley that lies between two branches of the Northern Andes. The bioregion has nine terrestrial ecoregions – Chocó-Darién Moist Forests (454), Cocos Island Moist Forests (455), Eastern Panamanian Montane Forests (461), Isthmian-Atlantic Moist Forests (470), Isthmian-Pacific Moist Forests (471), Magdalena-Urabá Moist Forests (478), Talamancan Montane Forests (506), Panamanian Dry Forests (541), Malpelo Island Xeric Scrub (604) – and includes the large marine areas and extensive mangroves of the South American Pacific Mangroves (615) and Southern Mesoamerican Pacific Mangroves (617) on either side of the Isthmus. The total area of this bioregion is more than 27 million hectares.

The Central American Isthmian & Colombian Coastal Forests bioregion is part of the Central America subrealm and is made up of 11 ecoregions: (1) Isthmian-Atlantic Moist Forests (2) Southern Mesoamerican Pacific Mangroves (3) Talamancan Montane Forests (4) Isthmian-Pacific Moist Forests (5) Panamanian Dry Forests (6) Malpelo Island Xeric Scrub (7) Magdalena-Urabá Moist Forests (8) Chocó-Darién Moist Forests (9) South American Pacific Mangroves (10) Eastern Panamanian Montane Forests (11) Cocos Island Moist Forests.

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