Post-conflict Colombia - Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Landscapes
In May our Governance team welcomed a prestigious panel of guests to discuss the potential impact of peace on Colombiaâ€™s natural resources. The post-event notes are now available so download your copy to read insights from USAID, the Embassy of Colombia, The Woodrow Wilson Center, Palladium, FundaciÃ³n Capital, and the Rainforest Alliance.
The state of Colombia’s natural resources has global implications. Natural forests cover approximately 40% of Colombia’s land area and give the country enormous capacity to sequester carbon. Colombia is also regarded as one of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries, and home to an estimated 10% of the earth’s animal and plant species. However, high rates of inequality, a legacy of conflict, an illicit economy, and insecure access to land have threatened Colombia’s natural resources and the well-being of its people, despite Colombia’s middle-income status.
The ongoing peace process in Colombia raises new opportunities and challenges for natural resource management in the country as agreements on rural development, land tenure, illicit economic activities, and restitution unfold. Although Colombia’s peace accords focus on comprehensive rural reform, there is insufficient understanding of the associated implications for sustainable forest management. Of particular concern are the tenure and usufruct rights of indigenous and afro-descendent communities living in and around the majority of Colombia’s forests.
This moment in history represents a critical opportunity for Colombia to put into place policies that improve the long-term well-being of all Colombians. These policies can strengthen protection of the country’s rich biological heritage. Palladium recognizes the ongoing peace process as a time for the international community to support sustainable peace in Colombia. This panel discussion sought to promote shared understandings of how the donor community and international civil society can support a newly peaceful Colombia to embark on a renewed path of sustainability for its long-term security.
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