0953: “A decree to protect (us)”

What does the Payment for Environmental Services? How do we carry out the decree 0953 of 2013?


Colombia is one of the countries with the largest water reserves. The environment is not only a beautiful landscape and home to millions of endemic species, many of them amenazadas-, but also a source of services that benefit the entire population. Healthy ecosystems promote regular supply of drinking water and its self-purification, in addition to naturally collaborate to eradicate pests, pollination, clean air and countless more values. However, this is often ignored by the parameters of the traditional economy based on market values; and the destructive action of man can and in fact is- deteriorating the environment. This implies degraded ecosystem services that ultimately translate into great economic cost, plus damages that occur at the detriment of the quality of life of plants, animals and humans

In this situation, in 1993 the Colombian government promoted 99 law ordering local authorities allocate 1% of its resources to the care of natural water reserves. However, a study conducted in 2010 by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development revealed that most such investments are not guaranteed directly protection and natural supply of water resources and also not have control instruments to measure the implementation of this standard.

In 2013, in order to further clarify the application of this rule, Decree 0953 was enacted, stating that “local authorities could contractually recognize owners and regular owners of properties located in areas of strategic importance, to make a land use that allows the conservation of ecosystems, and consequently improve the provision of environmental services associated with water resources. ” Thus, it is oriented to the municipal authorities to 1% of their current profits go to environmental conservation, either by purchasing land and establishing management plans there, or as compensation to landowners for use environmentally responsable.

However, to successfully implement this important decree to all the Colombian people-and ultimately for the world, it is essential technical and socially viable design. Adequacy in this case is that every municipal body delimits, evaluate and prioritize the natural resources of its territory to protect and properly manage them, with the support of the environmental authorities.

In Ecosimple we are proud to be part of this initiative, and we are currently working in the municipality of Villavicencio – Meta, in coordination with Cormacarena and the city of Villavicencio. Previously, we have already participated in the design of a similar scheme in the jurisdiction of Corpoguavio for Chiguanos creek in the town of Guasca. We are pleased to again address this important for all the people of Colombia challenge.

Author: Henry Alterio. Master of Science (MSc), Environmental and Energy Engineering
Postgraduate Diploma in Assessment and Development of Projects, Project Management
Economics, Business / Managerial Economics


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