GlobalCAD, GGGI, and Green Entrepreneurship in Colombia

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The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an international organization, created in 2012, dedicated to fostering and promoting robust, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in emerging countries and economies.

Currently, it implements the second phase of the Green Growth Program with the objective of reducing deforestation, ensuring the provision of ecosystem goods and services, improving climate change mitigation and adaptation, and promoting sustained and inclusive green growth. This goal is considered a key goal in the fight against climate change.

In Colombia, deforestation has become one of the main environmental and social concerns. This reached its highest national historical rate in 2017 and has continued to grow exponentially since then.

The main causes of deforestation in Colombia are intensive livestock farming and the construction of transport infrastructure; followed by illicit crops, illegal mining and the expansion of the agricultural frontier, even to prohibited areas such as the Amazon jungle.

In 2020, the country lost 171,685 hectares of virgin forests. 70% of the total national forests lost were concentrated in the departments of Meta, Caquetá, Guaviare (Amazon region), Putumayo and Antioquia.

Once again, the Amazon region recorded the highest loss of forest per hectare: 11,000 hectares of loss between 2019 and 2020. (Idem, 2021) Stopping this problem, especially in the transition or conditioned zone, will depend largely on what type of economic development activities are carried out.

Faced with these problems, the GGGI project “Design, development and implementation of an online training course on green entrepreneurship” was born. Its objective is to strengthen the green business ecosystem by supporting entrepreneurs, especially in rural areas, with knowledge and tools.

For this, GlobalCAD ​​will design the 10-hour open online course called “Roadmap for the establishment of a green company in Colombia” that will allow understanding what green entrepreneurship is and how to develop a business idea in this field. Furthermore, the course is expected to introduce participants to the contextual considerations, for example, the laws and regulations of the region for undertaking this type of business, so that they can launch a successful green business in Colombia.

The GlobalCAD ​​team will adapt and design content provided by the GGGI Colombia team in an online course, which will be hosted on the iNNpulsa Colombia online platform.

With this, GlobalCAD ​​tries to support the management of GGGI to make Colombia a greener and more eco-friendly country.

Amanda Ortiz
Amanda Ortiz
Amanda is a Communications Intern for GlobalCAD.