Forum for the constitution of the first Administrative and Planning Region (RAPE) of Colombia-Central Region, Boyacá, Colombia - 25 Nov 2014As expressed by the Director of the National Planning Department, this is a historical development of the Organic Law of Territorial Planning enacted in 2011 by the national government, in relation to territorial integration/association figures to promote sustainable development and peace building (in the context of post conflict efforts, which is core of the new national development plan in Colombia). The governor of Cundinamarca explicitly acknowledged the support provided by UNCRD-LAC in this initiative.
Territorial integration and integrated planning recognizes geographic, economic, environmental, economic, population and functional relationships among territories, from biotic and physical ecosystems, local cultural identities, equipments and economic and productive infrastructure, urban – rural linkages, as well as the interdependences and complementarities among territorial jurisdictions. The Central Region is the result of decentralization policy, and the will of territorial governments to cooperate in building a common regional vision to plan accordingly, and define an action plan, define projects and allocate resources, to address key aspects of sustainable development under principles of concurrence, at the proper territorial planning scale and with the participation of all levels of government. UNCRD has been technically supporting the initiative since its inception, facilitating dialogue and building consensus on regional development scenarios among the territorial entities. The 5 governors committed to work in cooperation, and with the national government and the local governments, to address major challenges, as acute imbalances, disparities and social inequalities, and environmental degradation. Specifically, five main aspects will be addressed in territorial planning and management: Ecosystem Sustainability and Risk Management, Transport infrastructure, logistics and services, Economic development and competitiveness, Food security and rural economy, and Governance.