Protected areas and peace in Colombia
As of: April 2021
Conflicts over land use and ownership are endangering numerous ecosystems in Colombia – and minimising or resolving/transforming such conflicts contributes not only to peace, but also to the protection of biodiversity. The project is contributing to reducing or resolving/transforming land use and ownership conflicts, thus improving the management of protected areas. It is identifying the causes of deforestation, introducing a system for monitoring deforestation, strengthening plans for sustainable land use, improving capacities for conflict resolution and developing approaches to solutions. The project also strengthens the institutional framework for protected areas by means of dialogue with farmers, and mobilises public and private funds which are then used to conserve biodiversity – and the living conditions of smallholders and landless persons are being improved, making yet another important contribution to the peacekeeping processes. /
State of implementation/results
- 1 regional and 8 local planning instruments were developed, in which the management of protected areas and the issues of use, occupation and tenure were effectively integrated.
- A workshop "Parks & Peace: improving protected area management and territorial governance, addressing the causes of deforestation and degradation in Colombia" was held. (03/2020)
- During a field visit to the Macarena Special Management Area (AMEM), it was agreed that the story of three people from the community would be followed during the project period. The project has started by documenting the story of two former FARC fighters who want to work for peace and nature conservation.
- During the visit, a communication workshop on digital content creation was realized with the aim of disseminating the productive projects carried out by the J.E. Cooperative.