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El príncipe heredero Haakon de Noruega, embajador de buena voluntad del PNUD visita Mesetas para inaugurar Paraísos Ocultos

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Haakon de Noruega en Mesetas Innaguración paraisos ocultos

Comoparte de la gira que el embajador de buena voluntad del PNUD, su alteza real príncipe heredero Haakon de Noruega realiza en Colombia, visitó el Espacio Territorial de Capacitación y Reincorporación -ETCR- de Mesetas, departamento del Meta, para inaugurar el corredor ecoturístico Mesetas-Uribe y el Sur del Meta, Paraísos Ocultos junto a las organizaciones de sociedad civil locales y excombatientes de las FARC-EP que ahora lideran este y otros proyectos productivos para su reincorporación socioeconómica.

El corredor ecoturístico fue diseñado por las organizaciones sociales y la comunidad en proceso de reincorporación y es parte de los resultados de Ambientes para la Paz: vida digna y reconciliación,  un programa financiado por el Gobierno de Noruega e implementado por el Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible, el Consejo Noruego de Refugiados (NRC), el Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) y las FARC que impulsa iniciativas de formación ambiental para comunidades locales y excombatientes de las FARC. Asimismo, promueve el desarrollo de alternativas productivas y de conservación que aporten al desarrollo sostenible y a la construcción de paz territorial.

Paraísos ocultos nace así con el objetivo de mostrar algunos de los lugares más bellos y biodiversos de Colombia que permanecieron ocultos durante el conflicto armado y que hoy pueden ser visitados de la mano de sus habitantes. En sus 175 kms de longitud, se podrán visitar 12 senderos que combinan disfrute de la naturaleza, deportes de aventura y el proceso de reincorporación.

“La conservación de la naturaleza no suele ser una de las principales preocupaciones al terminar un conflicto armado, pero la paz es una gran oportunidad para utilizar de manera sostenible los recursos naturales que estos bosques representan. Sectores como el turismo ecológico han comenzado a representar opciones genuinas para crear trabajo e ingresos. Ambientes para la Paz hace una importante contribución para lograrlo,” afirmó el príncipe heredero Haakon.

 

Por su parte, el Director General de la Agencia para la Reincorporación y la Normalización (ARN), Andrés Stapper, entidad encargada de la reincorporación social y económica de los excombatientes de la FARC-EP, afirmó que “la asignación de los recursos de cooperación internacional es de gran importancia para la implementación de iniciativas en el territorio, además del trabajo articulado entre los aliados institucionales y las cooperativas consolidadas por las personas en proceso de reincorporación.”

Para operar el corredor Mesetas-Uribe, las organizaciones sociales y los excombatientes crearon Catypsa, una agencia operadora de Turismo que cuenta con cien socios, de los cuales 30% son excombatientes y 70% miembros de la comunidad.  La prestación de servicios como guía, alimentación y alojamiento dentro de los ETCR serán coordinados por las diferentes cooperativas creadas para este fin.

“Gracias a este proyecto nos hemos unido, hemos conocido otros territorios y hemos compartido aprendizajes. Como excombatientes, al salir de una situación adversa, esto ha sido la puerta para el futuro y una nueva vida, no tanto como una ambición económica sino pensando en el disfrute de la belleza de estos paraísos ocultos. Aquí la reincorporación es de todos, de nosotros, de las comunidades, que estábamos desorganizados por el conflicto y ahora nos reunimos como una sola familia, con un solo propósito, la defensa del medio ambiente”, afirmó Alexander Parra, del ETCR.

En total, 3.810 personas se ven beneficiadas con el Programa, 30% de los cuales son excombatientes de las FARC y 70% de organizaciones locales como Juntas de Acción Comunal, comités, asociaciones, gremios y cooperativas.

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Contacto:

Carmen Morales, Coordinadora de Comunicaciones

Carmen.morales@undp.org Cel: +57 313 494-9805.

Carlos Rivera, Especialista de comunicaciones en materia de paz Carlos.rivera@undp.org+57 315-795-1440.

Nadia Rey, Especialista de comunicaciones en materia de desarrollo sostenible Nadia.rey@undp.org+57 300-284-8728

El PNUD trabaja en más de 170 países y territorios apoyando sus esfuerzos para erradicar la pobreza, reducir la desigualdad y la exclusión con el objetivo de mejorar la calidad de vida de todas las personas y proteger el planeta. La Agenda 2030 es un programa centrado en las personas y el planeta con 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenibleque buscan poner fin a la pobreza en todas sus formas y construir sociedades pacíficas, inclusivas y resilientes.

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway visits Meseta to inaugurate Hidden Paradises

As part of his program in Colombia, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norwayvisited the Territorial Training and Reintegration Space -ETCR- of Mesetas, in the department of Meta, to inaugurate the Mesetas-Uribe ecotourism corridor “Hidden Paradises“.  Civil society organizations and former combatants of the FARC-EP lead today this and other productive projects for their social and economic reintegration.

The ecotourism corridor was designed by the social organizations and the community in the process of reintegration and is part of the results of Environments for Peace: a dignified life and reconciliation, a program financed by the Government of Norway and implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Norwegian Refugee Council, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the FARC that promotes environmental training initiatives for local communities and former FARC combatants. It also fosters the development of productive and conservation alternatives that contribute to sustainable development and grassroots peace.

Hidden paradiseswas born with the aim of showing some of the most beautiful and biodiverse places in Colombia that were hidden during the armed conflict and can be visited today together with the people who live there.The corridor is 175km in length, and includes 12 trails to enjoy nature, adventure sports and to learn about the reintegration process.

“The conservation of nature is usually not one of the main concerns at the end of an armed conflict, but peace is an opportunity to use the natural resources that these forests represent in a sustainable way. Sectors such as ecotourism have begun to represent genuine job and income opportunities. Environments for Peace makes an important contribution to that end,” said Crown Prince Haakon.

 

For his part, the General Director of the Agency for Reintegration and Normalization (ARN), Andrés Stapper, the entity responsible for the social and economic reintegration of former FARC-EP combatants, stated that ” in addition to the coordinated work between institutions and the cooperatives established by the people in process of reintegration, the allocation of international cooperation resources is of great importance for the implementation of initiatives in the territories “.

To operate the Mesetas-Uribe corridor, social organizations and former FARC combatants created Catypsa, a tour operator that has 100 members, 30 percent of which are former combatants, and 70 percent members of the community. The provision of services such as guides, food, and accommodation within the ETCR will be coordinated by various cooperatives created for that purpose.

“Thanks to Environments for Peace, we have united. We have learned from other regions of the country and have also shared what we know. Former combatants are coming out of adverse circumstances, and this has been the gateway to the future and a new life; not so much as an economic ambition but rather as a way of sharing the beauty of these hidden paradises. Here, the reintegration process belongs to all of us, including the communities.  The conflict separated us and now we have come together as a family, with the single purpose of protecting the environment “, said Alexander Parra of the Mesetas ETCR.

Overall, 3810 people benefit from the Program, 30 percent of which are former combatants of FARC and 70 percent local organizations, such as Community Action Boards, committees, associations, guilds and cooperatives.

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Contact:

UNDP in Colombia: Carmen Morales, Communications Coordinator, carmen.morales@undp.org+51 313/494-9805.

Nadia Rey, Communications Specialist for Sustainable Development

nadia.rey@undp.org+57 300/284-8728.

Carlos Rivera, Communications Specialist for the Consolidation of Peace carlos.rivera@undp.org+57 315/795-1440

UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion, aimed at improving the quality of life of all people. The 2030 Agenda is a programme focused on people and the planet with 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty in all its forms and build more peaceful, inclusive and resilient societies.  www.co.undp.org

Dear ladies and gentlemen

Amigos todos:

Gracias por recibirme aquí en Mesetas!

Thank you for welcoming me to Mesetas! This is a beautiful and unique place. I am very happy to be here with you today.

Thank you also for the warm welcome by the schoolchildren. Their energy and smiles is the best illustration of the hope and potential this place holds.

Let me start by congratulating all of you who are part of the Environments for Peaceprogramme. A very important programme.

I want to congratulate the Government – both national and local authorities – as well as the FARC and community members.

Together with UNDP and NRC, your tireless work and commitment to building peace and development, has led to new opportunities for the people here in Mesetas– for ex-combatants and civilians alike.

You should be really proud of what you have achieved –  together– Juntos.

As Colombians, you are showing other parts of the world that it is possible to move forward after a very difficult period in your country. By working hand in hand, you are building a better future for your country.

This project and the work you as Colombians are doing – cooperating across former conflict lines – is an inspirationto the world.

I am proud to see that UNDP and Norway are your partners in building peace, creating development and taking care of the environment.

As UNDP´s Goodwill Ambassador, I am also proud to be part of inaugurating the Caño Rojo TrailIt was a great experience to walk the trail and see the beautiful waterfall. It is clear that the “Hidden Paradises campaign”really lives up to its name!

I am sure that there will be many visitors who will get the opportunity to see this area and have this uniqueexperience.

Because this area is truly uniquein terms of its history, its biodiversity, and its part of the global Ecosystem.

Colombia’s forests, especially the Amazonas, it extremely important for the earth that we all share as our home

– la tierra esnuestra casa común.

The rainforest is not only a local resource, but truly a resource for all human kind. In Norway and Europe, we often call the Amazonas “The Lungs of the Earth”: Your forest both creates Oxygen, and captures Co2 at an enormous scale – both which are crucial for the long-term survival and health of our planet.

But also in terms of biodiversity is Colombia and your forests unique:I have read that Colombia is one of the most biologically rich countries in the world, with more than 300 types of ecosystems and thousandsof native species of flora and fauna, many which are not found any where else in the world.

That is why it is so important that you protect it, take care of it and make sure it will be here for future generations.

I know you are facing challenges, but your work is making a difference, and it is very important that you succeed.

I also know that UNDP and Norway are committed, long-term partners in supporting you in protecting your beautiful forests.

Nature conservation is not usually among the top issues when ending an armed conflict, but peace is a great opportunity to use the natural resources these forests represents in sustainable ways:

Sectors such as Eco Tourism have begun to represent genuine options to create work and income. The Environments for Peace is an important contribution to this.

Peace means that tourists can see Colombia in a different perspective and travel to places that were out of reach before. Hidden paradises are discovered.

Peace sends a powerful message of hopeto the world.

Colombia faces a unique and historic opportunity. Peace is a new chapter. It will not be easy, it will be hard work and it requires the continuous participation of the entire society.

This is precisely what Environments for Peace is: an innovative programme where the government, FARC, local communities, UNDP and NRC work together. And together, you are making a difference.

I congratulate you for the progress made. I know that UNDP, NRC and Norway will stay with you and support your efforts.

Otra vez, gracias por darme una bienvenida tan calorosa.

Buena suerte y muchas gracias.

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