Panel/Charrette Promotion of Integrated Regional Development Planning and Management for an Equitable, Balanced and Sustainable Development. - 12 Jul 2015
During six days, regional actors and national and international experts analyzed the Cundinamarca territory from different perspectives, and made proposals on key factors that should constitute the strategic agenda for the future integrated territorial planning of Cundinamarca. The results were presented at a Forum on 17 July. Multiple working sessions were held with public officials, national, superregional, regional and local authorities, environmental organizations, provinces, private sector, civil society and the academia, among others. The discussions centered on Cundinamarcas future vision, towards a secure territory in social, ecological, economic, food, legal/institutional, energetic and cultural terms, following sustainable development policy.

Main issues addressed were the wide socioeconomic and environmental gaps between the metropolitan conglomerate around Bogota and the wide rural area, the diversity and sub regions of the State, the need for territorial cohesion, climate resilience, water availability, social welfare, and infrastructure to guarantee connectivity (land, sea and air transport), tourism and regional logistics. Democracy and regional governance were also widely discussed, emphasizing on the need for effective dialogue between the different territorial actors (including Bogota, the Central Region and the national government), the new role and competences of the department territorial planning to legitimize the transformation of regional planning and management.

Unpostponable and non-renounceable aspects proposed for the strategic agenda for Cundinamarca are:
1. Environmental resilience (water, risk management, food security, sustainable energy)
2. Cohesion and convergence (accessibility to services and social welfare)
3. Sustainability and economic resilience (structured territory, connectivity, specialized, renewed productivity and knowledge)
4. Democracy and governance (effective participation, interdependent management, transparent, with effective territorial associations)

A multistakeholder dialogue committee will be constituted in the following weeks with key leaders and representatives of the territory to continue the strategic planning process, to define the vision, agenda and projects, and the guidelines of territorial planning which will be presented to the Departmental Assembly in October, 2015. This project is expected to be a case for replication for other regions in Colombia that are facing similar territorial planning challenges, in the context of the Ley Organica de Ordenamiento Territorial (Organic Law on Territorial Planning) issued by the national government in 2011.
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