In Colombia, like in many other countries, the increasing impact of climate change is a major social disruptor and catalyser of conflict. The challenge is of great complexity and Colombia’s case presents aspects of high relevance, since both conflict and vulnerability to climate variability and climate change co-exist. Colombia is also a success story given that it has evolved into a middle-income country, has dealt with key aspects of political violence, and has achieved remarkable success on key social and institutional indicators. The country is at the forefront of the dynamics of climate change, showing some of its more acute impacts but also displaying some innovative solutions. Looking at the Colombian case offers the opportunity to understand the interactions between a multiplicity of factors and extract key lessons to address one of the greatest challenges humanity is facing
We will be examining both short-term solutions to address current environmental issues, and long-term strategies to ensure sustainable development. Recognising the complexity in delivering these solutions, we have invited guest speakers from a wide range of expertise in conflict, agricultural development and public administration who can share their perspectives, vision, and strategies, showcasing as well specific initiatives of great potential.
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