3. Harnessing the forces of the markets and finance to generate change
The sustainability of Colombia´s natural resources depends on the commitment and actions of the industrial and financial spheres of the national economy. If environmental considerations are integrated into their respective agendas, we can ensure the survival of ecosystems and the health of our surroundings.
This explains why this year we have continued our fight to change existing extensive cattle-raising production systems and replace them with more environment-friendly practices. We have influenced actions in places ranging from the Amazon to the Orinoco (Putumayo and Meta Departments), where 40 production properties joined the project this year, with support from the Presidential Agency for International Cooperation (APC) amongst others. An alliance with Alquería was also formalized, thus bringing a major player in the dairy industry into the fight to integrate ecological awareness throughout the company’s production chain.
In the context of the inter-ministerial agenda for the development of infrastructure, which is another driving force behind the economy that has a profound impact on the environment, we provided technical support in the drawing-up of the necessary guidelines for planning, designing, building and operating green highway infrastructure, which is one step toward adhering to the United Nations Sustainable Development Objectives.
Meanwhile, WWF champions measures to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gases without affecting industrial sector competitiveness levels. As a result, WWF is working on the design of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) in conjunction with the industrial sector, with a view to establishing precise practices and actions in logistics and transportation processes. The fundamental goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to work hand in hand with all parties involved towards meeting the nation’s commitments under the international climate agenda.
Finally, work has also been done by the organization in the financial field. Together with Banco Agrario, for example, we are working toward credit practices that incorporate social and environmental components. When production projects are financed by those who have the necessary funds, minimum sustainability conditions should be stipulated to respect the natural environment.