COVID-19 and Environmental Peacebuilding in Colombia

August 27, 2020 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Wendy Arenas, Frank Pearl, Jimena Puyana
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The COVID-19 pandemic is complicating environmental peacebuilding in Colombia in multiple ways. It is eroding livelihoods and natural resource management overall, undermining dialogue and cooperation, and making communities more vulnerable as they face growing challenges to cope with the crisis. The webinar will explore the challenges to environmental peacebuilding during COVID-19; effects of the pandemic on social dynamics around land and the protection of environmental defenders; and ways that communities are comprehending and managing these threats.

It will bring together three distinguished panelists:

  • Wendy Arenas, Former Senior Environmental Advisor to the Post-Conflict´s Presidential High Commissioner, Activist and Managing Director of Alysos (Alliance for Sustainability in the Amazon);
  • Frank Pearl, Former Minister of Environment, Peace Negotiator with FARC/ELN, and, High Commissioner to the President for Reintegration of Ex-combatants;
  • Jimena Puyana, Manager for Sustainable Development, United Nations Development Programme (Colombia).

The webinar will be moderated by Miguel Londoño, Senior Program Officer, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). 

This event is the first in a new "Environmental Peacebuilding in Colombia" series organized by DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Program, in collaboration with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). This event is also supported by Duke Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS)ELI's Environmental Peacebuilding Program, and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

The event is open to the public, but registration is required. Please register by clicking HERE.  

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  • Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
  • Rethinking Diplomacy