Regeneration in Action launched an agroforest course; an opportunity for Colombian ecosystems and societies

On February 28, the course “Agroforests: regenerating through syntropic agriculture” was launched at the Medellín Chamber of Commerce, the most recent of the pedagogical resources of the Regeneration in Action platform.

The purpose of this platform is to unite people and organizations interested in regeneration. Understanding regeneration as “creating the conditions for life to return to the places from which it has left, restoring its ability to thrive in a sustainable manner.” 

During the opening, Felipe Castañeda, manager of the Antioquia Agri-Food Cluster Community of the Medellín Chamber of Commerce for Antioquia, pointed out that the Chamber acknowledges that agri-food systems are refocusing on practices oriented to well-being, and that it is therefore essential for the private sector to open doors to these types of spaces and initiatives. 

In Colombia, greater regeneration efforts are required through initiatives that give back to nature and communities- more so than we have been taking from them for years. For this reason, agroforests are becoming fundamental options; supporting plantations of edible, timber and native trees with agricultural production plants that co-exist in the same spaces. Thus, generating ecological interactions that restore life to the soil and ecosystems.  

In the words of Natalia Valencia, co-founder of Tierra Yai and teacher of the course, “successional agroforests support ecological restoration and connectivity; allowing the generation of healthy food for the well-being of all living beings.” 

During the launch, Maritza López, director of My EcoHome and moderator of the panel “Regenerative agriculture: challenges and opportunity,” highlighted the relevance of this space for dialogue with CORNARE, the Botanical Garden of Medellín and the Environment Secretariat of the Government of Antioquia, three entities of the department that can actualise regeneration with initiatives that invest in nature as well as the fight against hunger. 

Agroforestry or syntropic systems can adapt to different ecosystems and offer sustainable livelihoods to local communities, becoming a great alternative in the different territories of the country that must address in parallel both the restoration of ecosystems and achieving economic options that contribute to the human right to food. 

In this sense, Javier Valencia, director of CORNARE, stated that “what we must streamline is the coordination between all entities to promote this type of regenerative processes in the communities of the department that urgently want it; always placing the people at the center”. 

While Claudia García, director of the Medellín Botanical Garden, noted that “significant deficiencies in nature-based education remain. For example, the texts used in schools present ecosystems and species that we do not have in Colombia.” She highlighted that we must take advantage of the richness we have in being the second most biodiverse country in the world, and the importance of “feeling responsible for what is ours.” 

Jimmy Collazos, Secretary of the Environment of Antioquia, commented that “the Government of Antioquia will count on Payments for Environmental Services (PSA), increasing the budget by at least 20%, hoping thereby to support the regional autonomous corporations (CAR), It is their job to encourage landowners to conserve and regenerate soils and ecosystems.” 

At the end of the event, Claudia Martínez, director of the Coalition for Food and Land Use – FOLU Colombia, commented that “the Regeneration in Action platform is free and aims to democratize knowledge in regeneration with more and more courses and examples of regenerators that inspire change.” 

The director of FOLU also invited all Colombians to take the regenerative agriculture and agroforestry courses, and to enter the platform 

Learn more about Regeneration in Action and the new course at the following link 

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