Colombian Conservation and Oceans Caucuses Establish Work Agenda for 2019

December 04, 2018
Colombian Conservation and Oceans Caucuses Establish Work Agenda for 2019

During a dinner organized by ICCF Colombia and CAEL held on December 4th in Bogota, the members of the Colombian Conservation and Oceans Caucuses discussed priorities for 2019.

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The proposals by the Senior Parliamentarians and other attendees included: the prioritization of oceans in the country’s management through a centralized entity to administer the marine resources, led by a Minister and Vice Minister; the importance of tackling the country’s carbon footprint and policy instruments for its mediation and regulation; illegal mining in areas of conservation importance; the effective management of National Parks and the promotion of responsible tourism; the fight against wildlife trafficking; the goals of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals; and the management of water resources, among others.

These priorities, which align with those of ICCF, were identified by the caucus members following an informational presentation on the activities undertaken at the end of this year, including two visits to rural National Parks, workshops on various country-specific conservation topics, and an introductory presentation to new congressmen on July 18th, at which Dr. Mark Green, Administrator of USAID, gave the address.

The event emphasized the importance of the legislative role and support of the caucus in achieving the participation and leadership of the country in the most important international agreements, most notably the ratification of the Minamata Mercury Convention, the Kigali Amendment, and the management and inclusion of the green growth strategy for national development. Furthermore, it underscored legislative achievements, such as passing a law for the protection of the paramos and the approval in the first debate of a bill for increased personnel funding that would permit changes to staffing of Colombia’s National Parks.

We would like to extend our appreciation to all the Co-chairs and members of the Conservation and Oceans Caucuses of Colombia during 2018 for their leadership and support; they continue to generate regional leadership with Colombian-led activities and strengthen the parliamentary role in development and conservation year after year.

In this way, and with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), The ICCF Group has concluded a productive 2018 and continues developing platforms to promote multi-sectoral dialogue with the leadership of the Conservation and Oceans Caucuses to encourage responsible and informed decision-making.

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