Project facilitation costs covering planning, implementation and resources as part of ODA projects in Colombia
The UK is providing a £15m grant over 2012 to 2016 to support the growth of silvopastoral systems (SPS) in Colombia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve the livelihood of farmers, protect local forests and increase biodiversity. Agriculture is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Colombia and many other developing countries, and a key driver of deforestation. Addressing this fact, the UK and partners are working with cattle ranchers to improve degraded grazing land by using SPS. This means managing the land in a different way: planting trees, shrubs, fodder crops and living fences and conserving existing forest. Participating small farmers, the majority of whom are living in conditions of rural poverty, are able to raise more, healthier cattle on their existing land using SPS, increasing their income and reducing the need to clear forest. This project aims to convert 28,000 hectares of grazing land to SPS, saving around 2MtCO2e over the next 8 years, and create a strategy for increasing the use of SPS in Colombia and beyond. ;
REDD for Early Movers (REM) Colombia business case
Strengthening cultural and educational development by building skills and capacity and by creating new opportunities and connections with the UK
Support Colombia in strengthening occupational risk and environmental competences in the areas of chemical substances, risk evaluation, major hazards and infrastructure in the context of attaining OECD standards
This project will share with Colombia key changes in its educational and policing policies and as a result, will set Colombia on the path to reform in these two areas.
Project facilitation costs covering planning, implementation and resources as part of ODA projects in Columbia
The project will support the implementation of the Colombian National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, by providing technical support for the government to set up the criteria of how an institutional grievances mechanism should look like. Recommendations for a remedy mechanism for communities affected by businesses operations will be delivered, and three pilots to test how feasible these recommendations are will be implemented. Local public officers will be trained, so they are better equipped to fulfil their duty to protect and remedy
The project will deliver an analysis to the Ministry of Justice and the UK of the Colombian drug policy, which will diagnose barriers and opportunities for an effective and integral policy, particularly in light of developments at United Nations General Assembly Special Session 2016. The final document will provide a set of recommendations for the Colombian government around drug policy to strengthen its work, from opportunities for reform under the health and human rights banner, to the necessary reforms to make pre-existing counter-narcotics and organised crime work more effective.
The project will set up local coordination mechanisms called "Regional Guarantees Roundtables" in seven regions of Colombia, for consultation and dialogue between human rights defenders, local and national government and the international community. At the roundtables protection measures for human rights defenders will be jointly agreed; they will identify specific needs for protection, including those of women human rights defenders, and also contribute to monitor the human rights situation in areas highly impacted by the armed conflict, and where the peace agreements will be implemented