Mining and oil extraction projects in Colombia have been deemed of paramount importance due to the great potential to support needed economic development.By the end of the decade, mining is predicted to account for 13 percent of the country’s GDP. Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities of Colombia, who constitute 30.5 percent of the country’s population, may face great risk and uncertainty over the next decade as large-scale mining projects expand at a rapid rate. Half of the country’s total forested land is located in Afro-Colombian or indigenous community territories.
PROGRESS IN P10 IMPLEMENTATION
As a significant outcome from Rio+20, 18 Governments have now adopted the Principle 10 Declaration for Latin America and the Caribbean on Environment and Development. ECLAC has created a register of interest for civil society organizations across the region to indicate their interest in getting updates about the regional process. Decisions have still to be taken whether this regional instrument will be legally binding or not this September 2014. Brazil currently co-chairs with Costa Rica the Working Group on designing the regional instrument.
This blog was originally posted on the Global Forest Watch Blog on August 4, 2014.
By Jonathan Mason and Jared Messinger
Recent advances in technology have revolutionized the way people live, work, and communicate with each other. So, if these transformations can change how we access media and purchase goods, can they also improve how we manage our natural resources? In October, WRI and The Access Initiative (TAI) will convene its wide network of innovators who are already answering that question.