Colombia

Military Ecological Operations in Colombia

Military campaigns for environmental peacebuilding

ACTORS

Colombian military, farmers, residents

PROBLEM

The Colombian paramo, a high-altitude wetland ecosystem where its keystone frailejon plant thrives, supplies 85% of the country's drinking water as well as hydroelectricity. Years of civil war, gold mining, and climate change have resulted in the decline of the frailejon. If the frailejon does not recover, the paramo ecosystem may collapse, which would devastate natural resources on which Colombians depend daily.

Solution

In early 2015, the Colombian military began a campaign to restore the frailejon plant. The First High Mountain Battalion builds greenhouses, nursery plots, and laboratories to grow and transplant frailejones. The soldiers enlist local farmers and residents to assist in the effort - a challenge of diplomacy and trust-building after years of conflict.

Peace Engineering Takeaway

In early 2015, the Colombian military began a campaign to restore the frailejon plant. The First High Mountain Battalion builds greenhouses, nursery plots, and laboratories to grow and transplant frailejones. The soldiers enlist local farmers and residents to assist in the effort - a challenge of diplomacy and trust-building after years of conflict.
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