IRI Colombia Secures Commitments To Protect Forests With Mayoral Candidates In Solano

As part of its running series of electoral debates with candidates for office, IRI Colombia held a public debate on forests with the candidates for mayor in Solano.  The goal was to make the care of Solano’s Amazon rainforest an ethical and political priority of the authorities and the people of Solano, and to secure commitments to include forest protection in the municipal development plan and investment plan (2024-2027) strategies for the municipality. At the same time, the intervention aimed to motivate candidates to reduce deforestation to zero, to stop the loss of biodiversity and guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples and peasant and Afro-descendant communities that inhabit the forests, and to ensure the participation of communities in the planning and implementation of local forest programs.  At the debate, each of the four candidates for mayor in Solano committed to adopt IRI Colombia’s programmatic agreement, “A New Opportunity of Hope for the Amazon”.

Signing of the agreement took place within the framework of the “Great Environmental Debate of IRI-Colombia for the Amazon” and at a debate that attracted the participation of  580 people (350 in person, 229 through social networks).