The “Peaceful Ecosystems” project strives toward the promotion of sustainability during the peace treaty process Colombia is undertaking, supporting the transformation of territories that have undergone conflict scenarios in areas of peace building, into productive and sustainable terrain. By connecting operators in the regions, this project intends to forge a common vision to strengthen the capacities of the Development and Peace Programs (PDP) of REDPRODEPAZ and its inhabitants for a long-term perspective.
The project aims to advocate for a peace that not only avoids the transformation of armed conflicts into environmental conflicts, but also promotes the conservation of ecosystems in Colombia's rural areas and a positive transformation of territories towards a healthy environment. This will be accomplished under adequate economic development conditions thanks to the promotion of new economies.
To achieve these goals, the REDPRODEPAZ and its 27 programs are being strengthened by the commission for Territory and Environment, making it serve as a platform for discussion, obtaining of information and generation of synergies in environmental and peace issues. It is also working on the construction and training of a network of environmental leaders, that will achieve impact in the territories and generate projects that contribute to the regeneration of the social fabric and productivity of the territories.
Three peace ecosystems were selected for this project: The Serranía de las Quinchas, located to the west of Boyacá; the Serranía del Perijá in the department of Cesar; and the region of Urabá, Nutibara and Urrao, located in the department of Antioquia. The territories have been selected because of their strategic importance in ecosystem and social terms, as well as the eagerness of the Programs for Development and Peace and their strategic allies, to generate positive peace and environmental dynamics for their territory.