IRI Colombia contributes to Congressional forum on forests and the National Development Plan

Working with Alianza Escucha la Amazonia, IRI Colombia held the forum “La Amazonia en el plan nacional de desarrollo”, an event focused on the need for the national development plan to make visible the diversity of actors and environmental, social, economic and administrative arrangements that converge in the Amazon from the perspective of territorial rights was analyzed, and the importance of the consolidating indigenous territorial entities. The event, which was held in the Congress of the Republic of Colombia and co-organized by IRI Colombia, was divided into two segments. In the first, panelists addressed the need for the National Development Plan to take into account the diversity of actors and environmental, social, economic and administrative arrangements that converge in the Amazon, from the perspective of territorial rights. The second was devoted to a reflection on the importance of consolidating indigenous territorial entities and an analysis of the progress made in this area. “In addition, consideration should be given to the contributions that the territories and indigenous peoples of the Colombian Amazon can make to the national government to help it meet its goals in terms of climate change and biodiversity. climate change and biodiversity,” said Harold Rinc√≥n Ipuchima, secretary general of the National Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC) and member of the IRI Colombia Advisory Council.