Analysis and updates

Contributions to the bill filed in Congress for the sustainability of Colombia’s coastal and marine territory (the Coastal Act)

The Observatory for Marine and Coastal Governance made technical contributions to the bill for the sustainability of Colombia’s coastal and marine territory (the Coastal Act) that was filed by several members of congress from various parties on July 24, 2019. Colombia does not currently have a law of this kind. This is why the project seeks to protect coastal communities and coastal marine ecosystems, through new governance measures.

The bill contains 38 articles to renew the regulatory and institutional framework for the protection of Colombia’s coastal and marine territory. This includes the creation of the National Authority for the Sustainability of Coastal and Marine Territory, the creation of a unified Marine and Coastal Information System, the creation of the Fund for the Restoration and Conservation of the Coastal and Marine Territory, and measures to prevent and mitigate coastal erosion.

Since Colombia has access to both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, with 3,189 kilometers of coastline and marine territory covering close to 50% of the country, it must have specific regulations. This bill aims to fill regulatory and institutional deficiencies in protecting coastal communities and marine and coastal ecosystems. Although Colombia already has an institutional framework in this regard, coordination needs to be improved, and in any case, the country needs a national authority to unify all public policies and actions protecting these fundamental ecosystems. The bill was filed by congressmen from various political parties. It is expected to continue its process in this congressional legislature with the support of more members of congress.

The bill is available at (in Spanish) http://bit.ly/LeyDeCostas

PL proteccion costas y mares.pdf

Report to the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment of the United Nations

The Observatory for the Marine and Coastal Governance in collaboration with the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE) and its members and partners, and in response to the Call for Inputs: Climate Change and Human Rights – a Safe Climate for the report of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment of the United Nations, presented a statement regarding the specific obligations of the States to address the main drivers of climate change to protect coastal communities. Available in this Link

Contributions to the bill filed in Congress for banning on expanded polystyrene and its correct disposal in the vessels

The Observatory for Marine and Coastal Governance made technical contributions to the bill for banning on expanded polystyrene asking for the inclusion of two norms: to ban on polystyrene in Colombian vessels and to ensure its correct disposal, and to promote the environmental education about the negative impacts of its use

See the statement below (in Spanish)

Intervención Proyecto de Ley Icopor 18-07-19.pdf