“We ask the Earth for much more than what it can give us”: Carolina Figueroa

The Environmental Law Department held its third conference on Protected Areas in Colombia and their contributions to economic and social development.

Within the framework of the conference cycle organized by the Externado Environmental Law Department,  Carolina Figueroa, Project Coordinator of the World Wildlife Fund – WWF – presented her research titled “Protected Areas and climate change: biodiversity challenges in a changing environment.”

Carolina Figueroa’s presentation leaves a bitter taste in those concerned about the sustainable future of the country; even though Colombia is among the places with the greatest biodiversity in the world, this landscape is changing radically. Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) continue to rise, causing irreversible damage to the ecosystems; mainly caused by the energy sector, agriculture, waste, and industrial processes, among others.

Precisely, her conference stressed that protected areas are vital as a natural solution to the impacts generated by climate change.

The conservation, protection, restoration, and sustainable use of these areas are conditions that must be safeguarded not only by government agencies, but also civil society and, of course, the Academia.  This is the reason the Environmental Law Department generates these academic spaces, as a contribution to the debate on environmental issues.

This event takes place within the framework of a research project which has two components. First, a series of conferences to be held throughout the year, called “The importance of protected areas in Colombia and their contribution to economic and social development” and, secondly, a joint publication with the University of Zaragoza, Spain, containing an analysis of the legal framework of these areas, with an important Comparative Law component.