The Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS) is a Non-Governmental Organization, legally constituted on May 27, 2011, with the aim of promoting the integral management of the territory through the articulation of planning processes, territorial planning and sectoral development, considering scenarios of change and socio-environmental conflicts.
In this sense, in the Foundation they are committed to building a culture of peace from an inclusive, interagency and multiscalar approach. Thus, with the help of communities, local organizations, sectors and state authorities at the local, regional and national levels, in the FCDS they work, among others, on the following aspects:
Geographic analysis. They generate Geographic Information Systems and perform analysis and management of information of this type developed by other institutions, in order to make it available in planning and ordering processes.
Socioenvironmental planning for mining and hydrocarbon activities . They contribute to the analysis, planning and action for the mining and oil activity within the framework of the territorial environmental order in the Amazon. This requires dialogue, adaptation and flexibility of each of the parties, as well as the definition of guiding criteria or determinants, which allow to counteract impacts and include cultural models in the planning of the territory.
Territorial ordering. They lead processes of territorial environmental management and formalization of land tenure. In recent years, the Amazon has relived processes of intensive "colonization" as a product of new interests over its territory. Minerals, hydrocarbons, wood, water resources, biodiversity, among others, have become elements that have transformed the concept of ownership and use of the territory, which makes it necessary to decant all these interests and to weigh the mechanisms of decision making on the orientation of the common good that goes hand in hand with the sustainability of the region. The ordering of property and land use in the Amazon are priority issues for all involved.
Sustainable management. They generate inclusive and long-term territorial management models that combine traditional knowledge and cutting-edge technologies, fair trade, participation in royalties, including low impact extractive models and good practices. A pressing challenge taking into account the current pressures of the country and the Amazon.
Water resource management. They promote spaces for dialogue and exchange necessary to advance protection strategies for water bodies, the territories that are related to them, the communities that depend on the resource, the regulation of users for agroindustrial and sectoral purposes and planning mechanisms where water is the articulating axis of the different natural, cultural and economic manifestations of the Amazon.
Protection of indigenous peoples. They promote the respect and protection of the last uncontacted peoples of the Colombian Amazon, bearing in mind that the international interest in mining and energy resources, and the infrastructure that this implies, has led to an intervention increasingly closer to the territories of the Peoples in Voluntary Isolation. This pressure has generated significant alterations in the ecosystems and territories that were previously traveled by these peoples. Today it becomes more necessary than ever to protect them, strengthen their demarcation, legalize the unrecognized, create protocols to avoid their contact by companies, communities and extractive groups that are around their territories or venturing into them. The right to isolation,
Capacity building. They carry out training processes certified by high trajectory academic institutions aimed at the different actors involved in the territories in order to provide the necessary tools to improve their negotiation skills, knowledge, demands in the application of good environmental and social practices, and take of decisions, compared to the projects proposed in the territories. Additionally, they seek to strengthen the capacity of the competent authorities to apply the Law, prevent irregular actions in the territories and improve the implementation of good environmental and social practices in the execution of projects.
Resolution of socio-environmental conflicts. They design recommendations, criteria and strategies for institutional and social intervention for the articulation of international cooperation in environment and peace in the Amazon together with government entities. The Amazon is an opportunity to develop in a privileged manner the postulates that have been enunciated by the National Government around the generation of conditions for peace at a territorial level through the strengthening of citizen rights, public institutions and territorial management.
Differential approach. They contribute in the construction of the territory based on the vision and particularity of the differentiated expressions of women as a necessity for the different interventions of governments, civil society and development initiatives in the region. In the Amazon all cultural and social manifestations have a clear differentiation of roles between men and women, which is why a balanced look is essential as indigenous and mestizo cultures need to maintain and transmit skills of the cultural tradition, but they also require the acquisition of new developments, knowledge and expertise, that allow them to influence their future and the role they want to decide for their communities.
Early intervention approach and green road infrastructure. They promote road infrastructure development models that include designs, good environmental, social and engineering practices. In this way, they guarantee the priority of the conservation of environmental and social values, associated with the strategic ecosystems in the Amazon region and the prevention or mitigation of impacts. Additionally, They work in the promotion of conservation corridors, green engineering and development models based on good practices that allow planning on a large scale, in an articulated manner, reducing socio-environmental problems.
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