IRI Colombia secures commitments with thirteen mayors and three governors who committed to include proposals to protect forests in their development plans

In the framework of the local and regional advocacy campaign carried out since last year, where 16 debates were held with 62 mayoral and gubernatorial candidates in the municipalities and departments where IRI Colombia has a presence through its local chapters, during the month of February a series of strategic bilateral meetings were organized with mayors, governors, and their planning teams. The objective was to present them with IRI Colombia’s proposal to be included in the Territorial Development Plans. This initiative responds to the commitment made by IRI Colombia in the programmatic agreement “A New Opportunity of Hope for the Amazon”, with the purpose of ensuring that the Territorial Development Plans have the necessary conditions to formulate and implement programs aimed at protecting the Amazon rainforests. As a result of these meetings, the mayors of San José del Guaviare, Calamar, El Retorno, Miraflores, Cartagena del Chairá, San Vicente del Caguán, Puerto Rico, Curillo and Solano; La Macarena, as well as the governors of Guaviare, Caquetá and Putumayo, committed to integrate IRI Colombia’s proposals in these planning documents and to include members of the IRI local chapters in the Territorial Planning Councils, appointments that have a term of 8 years.