First Intra-regional Dialogue Forum on Alternative Development

13/07/2022 - 14/07/2022
Bogotá, Colombia

The Cooperation Program between Latin America, the Caribbean, and the European Union on Drug Policies (COPOLAD) aims to promote coordination between national agencies dedicated to public policies on drugs in CELAC countries and the European Union, through the strengthening of cooperation, dialogue, and the implementation of specific actions. The Subcomponent “Alternative Development” (AD) of the third phase of the COPOLAD program facilitates the intra-regional exchange amongst all countries interested in the AD issue.

In this context, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is organizing the First Intra-regional Dialogue Forum on AD, on July 13th and 14th, 2022, in the city of Bogota, Colombia.

The Forum is a space for mutual exchange and networking and fosters discussions and learning about best practices and recent innovations in AD. A special emphasis will be on environmental considerations and conservation efforts for sustainable and alternative rural development strategies. This includes agroforestry, reforestation, ecotourism, access to non-timber forest products and payments for ecosystem services, especially in ethnic jurisdictions and protected areas. In addition, the Forum will provide participants with an overview of implementation experiences, as well as recent reforms of AD programs in CELAC countries

On this occasion, government representatives, representatives of farmers associations, and members of civil society will participate in the Dialogue Forum.

Kindly consider the following profiles for your nominees:

  • Government representatives/ Professionals of the Institution responsible for Alternative Development Programs and/or Drug Policy
  • Institutional coordinator and technical team in charge of AD or
  • Responsible for the AD Program in your country.

We kindly ask you to consider gender balance when appointing your representatives to participate in the Forum.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH will cover travel expenses (flights and transport from Bogota “El Dorado” Airport to the venue/hotel) and accommodation for the period of the Forum (13-14 July). Participants are responsible for complying with migratory and health-related entry requirements.

  • Organizer Name: COPOLAD/GIZ
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