Colombia - Despite Facing Years of Armed Conflict, Peasant and Afro-Descendent Communities Conserve Mother Earth - Global Forest Coalition
Paola Andrea Choco from the Community Council of La Alsacia inspects a pipe.

Paola Andrea Choco from the Community Council of La Alsacia inspects a pipe.

Under the ongoing peace process in Colombia, the government approved the ‘green economy’ model of conservation through laws like the National Program for Payment for Environmental Services PES for Peacebuilding. This creates a system for conservation based on payments and monetary incentives.

The community wonders about the impacts of this model upon their own community conservation initiatives, which are not based on monetary values but connected to their own identity and vision of development. The model could undermine traditional conservation values, especially by promoting the further commercialisation of nature.

Photo by Jeanne Lieberman and CENSAT Agua Viva