Big Wins 2021
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We had the opportunity to strengthen our work around the conservation and sustainable use of water and its biodiversity
Colombia has a new public policy of the National System of Protected Areas
Iconic species such as the river dolphin, the jaguar and the spectacled bear were at the center of our work in 2021
We celebrate the official launch of the Herencia Colombia HeCo program
We supported the creation and launch of the Green Road Infrastructure Guidelines
Colombia made a commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030 as part of its Nationally Determined Contribution
We support indigenous communities so that they continue to be the owners and protectors of their territories such as the Amazon
We had the opportunity to continue working for the conservation and governance of nature together with peasant communities in the Colombian Amazon
We invested effort into one of our priorities: ensuring that key stakeholders in the country develop a more conscious and responsible relationship with food.
Thousands of Colombians understood the importance of the Escazu Agreement
We generated spaces to recognize the importance of these areas and to promote conservation measures
In 2021, more than 500 people symbolically adopted the jaguar, Andean bear, river dolphin, marine turtle, and African elephant, thus committing to the conservation of their species and the habitat where it lives.
Special Mentions of 2021
REACHING A DEAL FOR NATURE AND PEOPLE
When entering a new decade, we must make sure that it is a “decade of action” to achieve a nature positive future that is carbon neutral, equitable, and inclusive. Environmental organizations expected 2020 to be the “super year” in which international spaces and negotiations would yield key decisions to face these crises. However, because of the pandemic, these events were postponed and carried out in 2021.
This year we attended high-level events like the United Nations General Assembly, the Biodiversity Pre-COP, and the opening of the United Nations CBD’s COP15. At these summits, global leaders made important announcements to revert the loss of nature and fight climate change throughout the decade. This year, we strengthen the Leaders Pledge for Nature, an initiative through which 93 countries make progress on 10 actions to revert biodiversity loss, tackle climate change, and guarantee a green, just, and resilient economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. We also worked with other offices in the region to support the participation of regional leaders in the event The Dasgupta Review: Transforming the Global Economy for a Nature Positive Future. The President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez (in a pre-recorded video), and the Minister of Environment of Costa Rica, Andrea Mesa, participated in this event—co-organized by WWF, Capitals Coalition, and Business for Nature—to share their perspectives about current initiatives and commitments to drive long-term economic change.
In the framework of the biodiversity agenda, WWF and other civil society organizations participated and led a coalition that seeks to generate inputs for negotiations concerning the Global Biodiversity Framework. Jointly with the coalition, WWF Colombia organized a forum with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development to position the joint development—among civil society organizations, NGOs, and national authorities—of Colombia’s target for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework negotiation.
Recognition of Corporate Allies, Partners, and DonorsWWF Colombia is convinced about the value of joint work with the private sector to reduce the pressure exerted on the country’s ecosystems. Its contribution is key to promote conservation and reduce environmental impacts, by taking actions that enable sustainability in the long term and contribute to sustainable development for territories and their communities.
That is why, throughout 2021, several companies joined our program Together Possible, which aims to foster an environmental culture and more sustainable consumption habits. Around 6,000 program collaborators participated in this training process.
To contribute to protected areas’ ecologic and productive restoration processes, we worked with private partners like Grupo Nutresa and Grupo Exito, among others, to structure and implement processes for good business practices in the food sector that could help reduce the impact that businesses have on strategic ecosystems.
Through more than 15 agreements on cause-related marketing and campaigns with brands and companies aligned with our values, including Colombates, Fokus Green, Maruica, and Worldtech, we promoted more responsible forms of consumption and contributed to conservation in the country.
And as part of our work with Procolombia, Fontur, Airbnb, and Awake, among others, we participated in two pilots in Colombia related to the sustainable nature tourism strategy that WWF has been developing in the country to strengthen the governance of productive projects, make them more visible, and build capacities. These pilots have been developed in Estrella Fluvial Inírida, Guainía, and the Pacific region.
Recognition as an Open Arms OrganizationIn July, alongside 24 other organizations, we were recognized as an Open Arms Company for our efforts to hire Colombian and Venezuelan workers who have returned to the country. This recognition is awarded by the Ministry of Labor, the IOM, USAID, and Aleida Sánchez’s Creative Workshop. We will continue to move forward with open arms!
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