Episode Four: Colombia’s Policy Pathways

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Episode 4 of Policy Pathways takes you to one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Colombia!

Hear from the Colombia experts on Policy Pathways.

Policy Pathways is delighted to welcome back Augusto Castro Nuñez, Senior Scientist at Alliance-CIAT and the Lead author for Colombia’s NPS Initiative report. Speaking alongside Castro Nuñez is Miguel Peña Varón, Senior Researcher at the CINARA Institute of Universidad Del Valle. Throughout the episode Castro Nuñez and Peña Varón offer us fascinating insights into the barriers facing policy coherence in a country that is emerging from conflict to become an ambitious player in international efforts to tackle the climate crisis.  

Colombia’s rich biodiversity is a policy asset.

Colombia is the only South American country featured in the CGIAR Initiative on National Policies and Strategies policy coherence reports. Chhavi Sachdev, our host for episode 4, was keen to uncover what makes Colombia such a good sample when it comes to analyzing the continent sustainable development policy. To understand why Colombia is important to the NPS policy coherence reports, Castro Nuñez and Peña Varón expand on the commonalities Colombia shares with its neighbors. This includes the rich biodiversity of the Andes Mountain range, Amazon region, and the Pacific region which are all found in Colombia.

The episode also explores where the country’s unique political, social and environmental context diverges from the other nations surrounding it. If implemented successfully the recommendations in the NPS policy coherence reports could be useful as an example of the benefits of integrating peacebuilding and conversation solutions. 

Listen now! 

Tune in to Colombia’s Policy Pathways now! Find it on the Policy Pathways Podcast page or search ‘Policy Pathways’ on your favorite streaming site! 

This article was first published on IWMI’s website 


Luisa Edmond, IWMI

This work is part of the CGIAR Research Initiative on National Policies and Strategies (NPS). CGIAR launched NPS with national and international partners to build policy coherence, respond to policy demands and crises, and integrate policy tools at national and subnational levels in countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. CGIAR centers participating in NPS are The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (Alliance Bioversity-CIAT), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Potato Center (CIP), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and WorldFish. We would like to thank all funders who supported this research through their contributions to the CGIAR Trust Fund 

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