Strategies for a social construction of restoration in the Columbian Amazon

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Eliane Ceccon

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In Colombia, Amazonia represents more than 40% of the territory, however almost 20% has already been anthropogenically modified. The department of Caquetá is the third largest department with the highest annual deforestation rate in Colombian Amazon. Caquetá has also been the epicenter of the armed conflict and the war on drugs in this country. Therefore, the environmental dimension, is necessarily central in the dialogues of peace and in post-conflict development. Thus, the generation of sustainable productive alternatives is one of the main purposes of institutional goals in Caquetá.  Important actions have been conducted in this direction, such as promotion of effective participation by the different territorial actors in the landscape restoration process, seeking social understanding of the causes of ecological degradation and the development of socio-ecological alternatives. This process was organized to establish the political activation of “relationality” and show ways to deepen reflection, practices, and narratives to favor recognition of the negative consequences of current land use based on intensive agriculture and livestock grazing and visualize the importance of socio-ecological restoration. Since 2016 networks of farmers, researchers, and politicians have been developing and gaining strength, and an ambitious educational program of ecology and restoration for citizens and stakeholders was implemented. The development of restoration strategies in Caquetá with the earnest participation of the actors could build a collective learning and a common meaning about degradation and restoration. Along with the scientific knowledge generated by the Sinchi Research Institute, a social construction of restoration is on its way.

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