what we do

ocean literacy


world oceans day: Linking law sciences, music and poetry

We hosted a webinar that brings together marine scientist, lawyers, musicians and poets to celebrate the World Oceans Day at June 8th, 2020

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WEBINAR WEBINAR in alliance with VIRTUALBLUEDECADE: "answering your questions about our changing pacific ocean"

In collaboration with VirtualBlue Decade we hosted this webinar. Our contributions were focused on the ocean governance, while other speakers addressed scientific issues. The event was bilingual.

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united nations ocean conference

We participated as an accredited organization in the United Nations Ocean Conference (New York, February 5th and 6th, 2020). We made a statement on climate justice, and the sustainable and fair use of the marine biodiversity

Read the statement available in Spanishin this link

Conversatory with children and youth about climate justice and coastal communities

We hosted the Conversatory Environmental and rising level of the sea: protection of coastal communities with the High School IDPHU. The speaker of this event was Sam Adelman, professor of law at The University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

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WEBINAR "climate change and ocean governance: challenges for latin american and caribbean countries"

In collaboration with Virtual Blue Cop 25 we hosted this webinar during the COP 25 Madrid/Chile. Speakers: Lisa Benjamin, Ximena Ramos, Heidi Weiskel y Ana Lucía Maya

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GNHRE OBSERVATORY Inputs to the UN Report.pdf


In collaboration witht the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment,the University of North Florida, Cardiff University y Macquaire University, we submitted a report to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, asking for the protection of coastal communities in the context of climate change Available at this link

webinar "pollution by sincle-use plastics: a legal, technical and local approach"

This webinar combines legal, scientific, and local approaches to banning single use plastic. The speakers were one scientist and two lawyers, who explained the negative impacts of plastic on human health and gave a legal review of regulations in Colombia and Costa Rica. More than 100 people from different countries attended the webinar. See more information in Spanish available at this link

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workshops: escazu agreement: challenges for the right to participation in climate change in the colombian caribbean

We carried out two workshops in Cartagena and Barranquilla to disseminate the Escazu Agreement among environmental leaders, public officers, scholars, and students. We debate about right to participation and access to the information about climate change in the Colombian Caribbean

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

Advocating for the banning on Expanded Polystyrene and single-use plastics

Colombia has not still banned single- use plastic and the expanded polystyrene at the national level. There are some bans in some municipalities and departments (provinces). That is why we are advocating for the approval of the draft of the bill filed in Congress.

We specifically made technical contributions to the bill to ban expanded polystyrene at the national level. We highlighted the need to include two rules: to ban polystyrene in Colombian vessels and ensure its correct disposal, and to promote environmental education about the negative impacts of its use. Available at link

webinar: climate voices in changing times. nationally determined contributions

In this webinar we argued the need to incorporate the protection of the oceans in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) of the Paris Agreement on climate change by the Colombian State in 2020.

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Event: Voices of the Climate Crisis. Reflections and Proposals Towards COP25

This event was organized in collaboration with several Colombian civil society organizations in Bogotá (Colombia).

The Observatory stated that Colombia must include commitments in order to protect the ocean and to address climate change, as well as respond to the last IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate in the upcoming INDC of 2020. Available in Spanish at link

Advocating for a Coastal Law in Colombia

We made technical contributions to the bill for the sustainability of Colombia’s coastal and marine territory (the Coastal Act). Colombia does not currently have a law of this kind. This is why the bill seeks to protect coastal communities and coastal marine ecosystems, through new governance measures. 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.The bill was filed by several members of Congress from various parties on July 24, 2019. It is expected to continue its process in this congressional legislature with the support of more members of Congress. Available in Spanish at link