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23 September 2021

Land use changes and its dynamics in Colombia almost five years after the signing of the peace agreement

In this webinar invited panelists will present their work and discuss the situation in Colombia almost five years after the signing of the peace agreement. They will highlight different issues around land use change and how local communities have been affected by changes in land use. The event is organized by Lund University (LUCSUS, CEC), Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University and University of Gothenburg. In support by Focali (Forest, Climate, and Livelihood research network) and the Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative, SIANI.

Landscape in Anapoima, Colombia by Jesica López

Landscape in Anapoima, Colombia by Jesica López

The aim with the event is to draw international attention on these issues. While the peace agreement is making slow progress and has faced several drawbacks due to the political situation and lack of will from the current government to support and advance its implementation, the situation of Colombia’s environment and local communities has deteriorated. Deforestation is rampant as a direct result of the peace agreement, driven by illegal land grabbing, infrastructure projects, the expansion of cattle ranching, an increase in the extent of coca plantations, legal and illegal mining projects. The governmental plan to resume aerial spraying of coca plantations with glyphosate will be a further environmental (and social) problem. In this seminar we will highlight these different issues and engage with the audience in a Q & A on how to potentially address these challenges, including the question about how international investments and financial support for social and environmental projects in Colombia can contribute to build a positive trajectory and support the implementation of the peace agreement.

The seminar is divided into three themes with a lineup of great speakers who will give a short presentation followed by a 10 minutes Q & A after each session. After the three sessions, there is time for a larger Q & A and discussion on ways forward. Please note that the seminar will be held in English, since we want to reach an international audience (Civil Society, Policy-makers, International Development Organizations, Academia, etc.) The event will not be recorded.



Register here to attend in Lund or via Zoom

For face2face participation, the organizers have allowance to host 20 participants at the venue in Lund. First come first served registration. Please click on “register” on the sign up page and you will be given the option to let us know if you would like to attend in Lund (select yes) or via Zoom (select no). For online participation, you will find the zoom link and ID on the sign-up page. Those who sign-up to attend will receive a reminder email with the zoom link as well.



Moderation: Torsten Krause, LUCSUS & Focali

Welcome and introduction by the organizers

Part 1 – Land use:

Jesica López, Lund University

Natalia Pérez, Simon Fraser University

Nicola Clerici, Universidad del Rosario


Part 2 – Social Dynamics:

Juanita Esguerra-Rezk, University of Gothenburg

Sandra Valencia, University of Gothenburg

Paula Sánchez, Stockholm University

Carlos Olaya, DeJusticia


Part 3- Local insights:

Kristina van Dexter, George Mason University

Julio Andrés Rozo, Amazonía Emprende

Carlos del Cairo, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana


Joint discussion on ways forward 

Card with program
Card with program




From 23 September 2021 at 16:00 to 23 September 2021 at 18:00


Lund University and online participation in Zoom

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Contact Torsten Krause if you have any questions:


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