Connecting Forest Protection with Alternative Development...
Connecting Forest Protection with Alternative Development – New Approaches in German Development Cooperation with Colombia
Date and venue: Tuesday, 19th September 2017, 6 p.m., Ibero-American Institute, Potsdamer Straße 37, 10785 Berlin, Simón-Bolívar hall
Languages: Spanish/English, interpretation will be provided
Hosted by “Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD)” and “Protection of Forests and Climate/REDD+” on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and under the political patronage of the German Federal Govern-ment’s Drug Commissioner, in cooperation with the Ibero-American Institute, Berlin
The illicit cultivation of coca-plants leads to massive deforestation. This causal relation is not well known, because the role of the drug economy within the armed internal conflict has long been the center of interest.
On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH embedded in the programme for "Forest and Climate Protection/ REDD +" in close cooperation with the "Global Partnership for Drug Policy and Development" (GPDPD) is promoting pilot projects to reduce deforestation in Colombia, particularly considering coca cultivation as one of its main drivers. The projects are based on the approach of alternative development (AD), promoting licit means of income and overall development in drug crop cultivation areas.
A crucial approach is the exchange of experience and knowledge with interested governments. The Thai Mae Fah Luang Foundation (MFLF), GPDPD’s implementing partner, plays a decisive role in this connection. The Foundation is internationally known as a best practice model for the successful implementation of alternative development strategies to tackle the opium poppy cultivation in the 'Golden Triangle', one of the main regions of opium production between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. It has succeeded in overcoming the illicit cultivation of opium poppy almost entirely through sustainable rural development projects. GIZ fosters the exchange between Colombia and Thailand through regularly organized study trainings for Colombian local partners in Thailand.
In the course of this event, the project leaders of “Protection of Forests and Climate/REDD+” and “Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD)” will present, jointly with representatives of the governments of Colombia and Thailand, their work and introduce the audience to a successful example of south-south cooperation.
Welcome remarks: Dr. Jörg Pietsch, Head of Office of the Drug Commissioner of the Federal Government of Germany, Berlin
• H.E. Dr. Dhiravat Bhumichitr, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Berlin
• Daniel Brombacher, Head of Project “Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Devel-opment (GPDPD)” GIZ, Berlin
• Rhena Hoffmann, Head of Project “Protection of Forests and Climate/REDD+”, GIZ, Bogotá
• Cesar Augusto Rey Angel, Head of Division „Protection of Forests and Biodiversity“, Ministry for Environment and Sustainable Development, Bogotá
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Günther Maihold, Deputy Director, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin
Following the panel discussion the Embassy of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand in Berlin and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH have the pleasure to invite you to a reception.
Free entry, no previous registration required