Posted on 26 May 2016
By establishing a legal basis for factoring climate into future plans, this important step represents an enforceable, long-term commitment to sustainable development.
This Forest and Climate Significant Story describes the process through which local communities in Colombia’s Andean-Amazonian Piedmont region successfully incorporated guidelines for climate change adaptation and mitigation into their legal frameworks for territorial development planning. By establishing a legal basis for factoring climate into future plans, this important step represents an enforceable, long-term commitment to sustainable development. It also offers an opportunity to scale up local efforts through a replicable, effective approach—one that is already spreading to communities beyond the borders of the ten initial municipalities.
This process brought together municipal government leaders, the regional environmental authority, Natural National Parks, and WWF to work toward a shared goal, strengthening their capacities and engaging them in planning the region’s future in new ways. As this approach is replicated in more communities—and as the resulting plans and laws are implemented—it may help give rise to inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development in Colombia’s Andean-Amazonian Piedmont.
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