Environmental optics in the framework of the Truth Clarification Commission

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In order to accompany the work of the Truth Commission in understanding the relationship between environment and conflict, at E3 we are developing a project that provides an environmental perspective in the context of the armed conflict to move towards a vision of change and a positive future, strengthening the social fabric and respect for our common home. The project seeks to work on the understanding of nature as the center of the armed conflict at the national level and will focus mainly on Cesar and Urabá. In these two territories, a descriptive analysis of socio-environmental conflicts is being carried out, involving communities to understand the past as a way to reflect on a positive vision of change for their territories and livelihoods, and as a driver of cultural tolerance and social cohesion. This will be done through timelines, interviews, maps, dialogues, among others.

The Truth Commission is governed by four objectives: i) clarification, ii) recognition, iii) coexistence and iv) non-repetition. In this context, its mandate requires it, on the one hand, to clarify and promote the recognition of the impact of human rights violations, the economic and social impact on society and the impact on politics and the functioning of democracy. On the other hand, it has the task of clarifying and promoting the recognition of the origins and developments of the historical context and actors that contributed to the permanence of the conflict. Likewise, it has a mandate for the future to generate processes of strengthening the social fabric and positive transformation of organizations and institutions. As part of the exercise to be carried out by the Commission, it is necessary to listen to the voices of the inhabitants, which show the need to study the environmental issue in order to understand the truth about the armed conflict.