Background and Objectives:
The Bogotá Capital District has a population of approximately 6,800,000. Although important advances have been made in various areas of urban and municipal management in recent years, Bogotá still faces an array of challenges that compromise its sustainable development. The management of Bogotá’s urban environment, worsened by migration and forced displacement, is a key priority requiring urgent action.
The need for collaboration and civic pacts with a strategic vision of local development demands participatory processes and strengthened coordination between citizens and territorial authorities. This has motivated the current local administration, through DAMA, to introduce the formulation of Local Environmental Agendas as one of its action priorities. These are conceived as habitat and environmental management tools that will ensure a more adequate response to the needs and specific conditions of each locality. The action plan of DAMA includes the preparation of the local environmental agendas.
The objectives are to design and launch instruments and participatory processes for the implementation of the municipal policies on environmental sustainability within the framework of the plan “Bogotá without Indifference”.
The main activities include:
- Supporting the adoption of Local Environmental Agendas in six localities; designing activities to foster new civic and institutional know-how.
- Executing events/workshops on Environmental Participatory Planning.
- Implementing communication and social education to disseminate key aspects of the civic and institutional analysis and to initiate a process of sensitization.
- Conducting a formative process for identifying environmental conflicts, facilitating their peaceful resolution and promoting environmental rights.
- Six situational analyses of local environmental conditions carried out and validated.
- Formulated six Strategic Local Plans of Sustainable Development through Local Consultations (Local Environmental Agendas).
- Six civic pacts endorsed by an extensive number of local actors.
- Six demonstration projects identified by civic organizations in coordination with local and district companies.