Coordinating Low Emission Development in Colombia
Colombia’s economy has grown more than 4 percent per year for a decade, but climate change is posing new risks to sustaining that development. This factsheet explains how USAID’s Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) program is helping this South American country transition to a clean energy future.
USAID has partnered with Colombia to:
- Build an institutional framework to implement Colombia’s low-carbon development strategy
- Develop and improve robust analysis techniques and tools for climate change decision-making
- Implement priority clean energy actions and reduce emissions from land use.
At the national level, this work includes strengthening technical expertise within six key ministries. And at the department level, a pilot is being carried out in Hula to create climate-friendly strategies that focus on the agriculture, energy, and mining sectors.
USAID is also working to improve land-use management. Colombia’s development goals include expanding the agriculture and logging industries, which could have significant impacts on the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The EC-LEDS program is working with Colombia to support analytical decision-making within this sector, and improve the creation and implementation of forestry programs with climate benefits. It is also helping it implement a REDD+ program and monitor, report and verify its carbon stocks.