Today in Washington, D.C., the Inter-American Dialogue is hosting a discussion about sustainability and peacebuilding in Colombia, and presenting the Inter-American Dialogue’s new report, “Peace and Environmental Protection in Colombia: Proposals for Sustainable Rural Development.”
The Colombian Amazon stretches across nearly half of the country, and is a priority region for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Andes-Amazon Initiative. Moore funding has supported the creation and consolidation of protected areas, and recognition and management of indigenous lands.
Written by Lorenzo Morales, a journalist and professor at the Universidad de Los Andes, the new report was informed by discussions in Bogotá among representatives of environmental non-government organizations, government institutions, social development groups and the private sector at the August 2016 Inter-American Dialogue and by follow-up interviews.
Among the recommendations:
- Improving existing land survey data
- Clearly delineating environmentally sensitive areas
- Limiting agricultural extension
- Responsible relocation of displaced persons to avoid unproductive and highly fragile land, or lands without access to infrastructure or basic services
- Strengthening and empowering local authorities, indigenous governments and local and informal environmental institutions
The full report is available in English and Spanish.
Watch a webcast recording of the discussion here.
Additional materials from the August 2016 Inter-American Dialogue: