The Colombian Ministry of Environment launched the Breathe 2030 program, an initiative that seeks to generate appropriation of biodiversity, environmental education and awareness of natural resources in the country, through four lines of work focused on restoration, education, conservation and the no deforestation of native forests.
Through this program, which is developed within the framework of the ‘180 Million Trees 2022’ initiative, the national government seeks to adopt the appropriate measures to conserve and restore ecosystems in the national territory, with the aim that citizens have a better quality of life and breathe better.
“As we are clear that we cannot wait any longer to heal the planet, we are doing everything possible to contribute to it, and we will continue like this until the last day of this Government. Hence, the planting of trees, the fight against deforestation, the 51% reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 and our goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.″, said the Minister of the Environment, Carlos Eduardo Correa.
In turn, he highlighted that to date 112 million trees of 270 native species have been planted in the national territory, and constitutional tools such as the Climate Law have been promoted, a rule that establishes some measures for the protection of the environment in the country. and that places the country at the forefront of ecosystem conservation.
Similarly, he stressed that through the National School of Environmental Training ‘Salvia’, the consolidation, support and promotion of joint actions between the different dependencies of the Environment portfolio, entities of the National Environmental System (SINA) and the communities from different regions of the country, generating co-responsibility in the conservation of natural resources.
“To fulfill the Government’s commitments to restore 942,615 hectares that will represent the planting of nearly 500 million trees, shrubs, frailejones and palms by 2030, Sustainable Conservation Systems will be implemented in the processes of ecological restoration, with the fundamental objective of strengthening the management, ordering, management and sustainable use of the territory.”, said the portfolio.
He also highlighted that through the Respira 2030 program, the number of protected areas in the country will be increased by 30%, and methods such as the OMEC, focused on Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures, will be advanced, with which it seeks to protect environmental resources and increase places of environmental importance in the country.
Another of the pillars promoted by this new program is that of non-deforestation, through which it seeks to achieve the goal of zero felling of forests with strategies that promote the sustainable use of forests in Colombia, in order to improve the quality of life and the economy of local communities, articulating measures to conserve and reduce this scourge by 30% this year.
“With Respira 2030 we try to direct actions to the Climate Action Law, with which we will leave tangible tools to the country and capacities to be able to meet those goals in terms of ecological restoration of ecosystems, education and environmental conservation”, concluded the director of forests, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of the portfolio, Adriana Santa.