Overall Objective

Colombia’s green growth framework is marked by the renewed NDC commitment, the Green Growth Policy and the Deforestation Control Policy. The renewed NDC is highly ambitious, with a target set at 51% GHG emissions reductions by 2030. Colombia’s principal green growth strategy – the intersectoral, long-term green growth policy – Conpes 3934 is a long-term roadmap to stimulate an increase in productivity and economic competitiveness by 2030, while assuring sustainable use of natural capital and social inclusionLastly, the Deforestation Control and Sustainable Forest Management Policy (Conpes 4021) presents a long-term strategy for zero deforestation by 2030. 

Under this policy framework, GGGIs objective is to accompany the Colombian Government in results-oriented implementation and thus fulfilling its climate and sustainable development goals by 2030. Moreover, GGGI will support Colombia in the roll-out of the green post-COVID economic recovery package that capitalizes upon pillars such as the forest economy, nature-based tourism, bioeconomy and sustainable energy. As Colombia is a country of great diversity of landscapes, ethnic groups, and socio-economic conditions, GGGIs work does not only stop with addressing the national agenda but also extends to supporting Colombias territories. Here, GGGI is joining subnational governments and environmental authorities to facilitate the applicability and sustainability of results from the national level to the subnational level.  

Strategic Outcome Targets

GHG Reductions Target Setting in Progress
Green Jobs Target Setting in Progress
Sustainable Services Target Setting in Progress
Air Quality Target Setting in Progress
Ecosystem Services Target Setting in Progress
Enhanced Adaptation to Climate Change Target Setting in Progress
Contact
Carolina Jaramillo

Country Representative - Colombia

Resource Partner

The Kingdom of Norway 

The United Kingdom 

The Green Climate Fund 

Environmental Law Institute 

GGGI Core Funding 

Implementation Partner

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

World Bank

Government Counterpart

National Planning Department (DNP) 

Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) 

Ministry of Finance and Public Credit 

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) 

Ministry of Mining and Energy (Minenergía) 

Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) 

National Training Service (SENA) 

Institute for Planning and Promotion of Energy Solutions for Non-Interconnected Zones (IPSE) 

National Mining Agency (ANM) 

Finagro  

Subnational Governments of Antioquia, Guaviare, Meta and Nariño 

Regional Environmental Authorities – Corpoamazonía and Corantioquia 

Presidential Agency for Cooperation (APC) 

RAP Pacífico 

Key Documents

Context

Colombia recently joined the OECD as un upper middle-income country and is one of Latin America’s largest economiesKnown for its macroeconomic stability, Colombia has a solid institutional and legal framework, and a sustained and manageable inflation rate that fluctuates between 3-5%. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Colombia’s 2019 monetary poverty stood at 35.7% and extreme monetary poverty at 9.6%, in a year where economic growth was 3.3%. Impossible to foresee, however, Colombia ended 2020 however with an estimated GDP growth of -7.2% compared to 2019 and estimates of monetary poverty at above 45%. In addition, COVID-19 fueled lockdowns meant that Colombia ended 2020 with an estimated GDP growth of -7.2% compared to 2019 and unemployment rate of 15.9% compared to the 10.5% in 2019. The unemployment gender gap also worsened by 27.9% by the end of 2020. Numbers from 2019 presented women’s unemployment at 13.1% vs. men’s at 6.9%, however by December 2020, women’s unemployment reached 17.9% women vs. men’s at 10.1%. 

On a positive note, recent administrations have shown that Colombia is clearly committed to a green growth pathway, reinforced by its ambitious NDC renewal on December 10, 2020 to reduce 51% of emissions to BAU by 2030 – about 169 MtCO2eq. Achieving both the ambitious NDC target and recovering from the pandemic-driven economic and social blows will be no easy feat, requiring that Colombia commits to a green and inclusive economic recovery. So far, Colombia’s renewed NDC is prioritizing actions related to the energy transition, clean mobility, deforestation control, the planting of 180 million trees, PES, and ecosystem conservation (Amazon and páramo). These all align with its green recovery efforts. Additionally, the renewed NDC outlined cross cutting themes related to social inclusion such as gender mainstreaming, a fair workforce transition and an overall human rights approach. 

Under this context, GGGI’s role as a trusted advisor to the Colombian government is to therefore facilitatthe achievement of this NDC target through strategic policy advisory and strengthening and mobilizing finance towards green investment projects on sustainable land-usedeforestation reduction, bioeconomy, waste management, clean energyand e-mobility approaches. GGGI’s comparative advantage is shown by its 8year track record and presence in-country, working with GGGI staff embedded in various Colombian ministries and subnational-level government entities, to provide context-specific, tailored, green growth solutions, as well as bringing green projects to bankability. 

News

News • February 3, 2021

“Me Planto por Antioquia”, a pedagogical resource to promote deforestation control

As part of the support framework with the Antioquia government under the Norway-GGGI-Colombia Green Growth Program to strengthen national institutional capacities, GGGI designed an educational and pedagogical resource called “Me Planto por Antioquia” (I stand for Antioquia) to promote deforestation control among the population of Bajo Cauca and Nordeste Antioqueño regions. The document provided the […]

News • January 18, 2021

GGGI continues to create and strenghten capacities for the structuring of public investment projects in Colombia

Bogotá, January 15, 2021. More than 40 civil servants and officials belonging to public, territorial, and national entities, private organizations and unions from the environmental sector are now certified in the GGGI-structured and Norwegian-financed course: “Good practices in project formulation and the General Royalties System (SGR)”. The virtual course was designed to create and strengthen […]

News • December 23, 2020

¡INSCRIPCIONES ABIERTAS! Facilidad de Asistencia Técnica para la Estructuración de Proyectos (PPTAF) – Segunda convocatoria

En el marco de la segunda fase del Programa de Crecimiento Verde con el Reino de Noruega y con el objetivo de movilizar recursos a proyectos que permitan un cambio en el paradigma, el control de la deforestación, el desarrollo social e inclusivo en las regiones, y que se alineen con las políticas a nivel […]

News • December 8, 2020

COVIMA: the mobile app developed by MinAmbiente, GGGI and the Kingdom of Norway to tackle illegal timber trade in Colombia

Bogotá, December 7, 2020 – A new digital solution to support the control and surveillance of timber by state entities was officially launched in a virtual kick-off event with the Ministry Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and Norway. As a commitment of the Colombian Environmental Information System (SIAC for […]

News • December 8, 2020

GGGI and the Kingdom of Norway support territorial entities in the southern Colombian Amazon to achieve environmental sustainability criteria and territorial resilience

Mocoa, December 7, 2020 – The Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Southern Amazon (CORPOAMAZONIA) with support from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and the Royal Embassy of Norway, held the virtual event, The Environmental Component in Land Management and Planning Instruments of the Southern […]

News • December 2, 2020

Conversation on bioeconomy as a mechanism to reactivate Colombia’s economy

Bogotá, December 1, 2020. GGGI Colombia’s Country Representative Carolina Jaramillo moderated a discussion on bioeconomy as a mechanism for economic reactivation for the 7th Climate Finance Event 2020, organized by Colombia’s National Planning Department. A dialogue was held on lessons learned in Bioeconomy from Colombia and the United Kingdom from the perspectives of the private […]

News • November 12, 2020

GGGI supports Nariño’s Comprehensive Plan for Climate Change Management

San Juan de Pasto, November 10, 2020. With GGGI’s support, the Nariño Government’s Secretary of the Environment and Sustainable Development presented their Comprehensive Plan for Territorial Climate Change Management – or PIGCCT – via the virtual event “Nariño acts on climate change 2019 -2035”. More than 10,000 people contributed to the creation of this document, […]

News • November 4, 2020

GGGI and the Government of Guaviare celebrate rural women

San José del Guaviare, October 30, 2020. As part of the Norway-GGGI-Colombia Green Growth Program Phase II, GGGI and the government of Guaviare marked International Rural Women’s Day on October 29 with the event “Guaviare Es Mujer Rural” – Guaviare for Rural Women. Coming from 11 rural productive associations and cooperatives of the municipalities of […]

News • July 31, 2020

¡INSCRIPCIONES ABIERTAS! FACILIDAD DE ASISTENCIA TÉCNICA PARA LA ESTRUCTURACIÓN DE PROYECTOS (PPTAF)

En el marco de la segunda fase del Programa de Crecimiento Verde con el Reino de Noruega y con el objetivo de movilizar recursos a proyectos que permitan un cambio en el paradigma, el control de la deforestación, el desarrollo social e inclusivo en las regiones, y que se alineen con las políticas a nivel […]

News • July 10, 2020

Launch of the Second Phase of the Green Growth Colombia-GGGI 2020-2023

Bogotá, Colombia, July 3, 2020 – To mark the start of a new phase of partnership between GGGI, the Royal Embassy of Norway and the Government of Colombia, an official introduction of the Norway-GGGI-Colombia Green Growth Programme Phase II was given to the public via a virtual and open conference with participation of the Deputy-Minister […]

News • April 27, 2020

Open registration for Green Growth Training Modules

To celebrate the 50th edition of the International Earth Day, the National Planning Department (DNP for its acronym in Spanish), with the support of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the British Embassy in Colombia, have launched a free and 100% virtual set of Green Growth Training Modules towards building the capacities of mayors, […]

News • February 27, 2020

Norway and GGGI agree to extend their partnership in deforestation control and sustainable development in support of the Government of Colombia

Bogota, February 26, 2020. Today, the Kingdom of Norway and the Global Green Growth Institute  (GGGI) have committed to extending their partnership to support the Government of Colombia (GoC) in halting deforestation and advocating sustainable development for a further three years. For this new Phase II, subnational efforts will be extended to the Departments of Antioquia, […]

News • January 31, 2020

Socialization session “Nature-Based Tourism Strategic Plan for Nariño”

Nariño, December 19 – The session aimed to socialize the results of the “Nature-Based Tourism Strategic Plan for Nariño” developed by SMA Tourism. The strategy seeks to strengthen nature-based tourism as a green growth sector in the region making sustainable use of its biodiversity and beautiful landscapes, promoting social inclusion and economic development. The event […]

News • January 31, 2020

Strengthening of the Colombian Roundtable for Sustainable Livestock, reflected in 2019

The GGGI Colombia team has been contributing to the Colombian Roundtable for Sustainable Livestock, providing support to the Technical Secretariat of the Roundtable. The Roundtable closed the year of 2019 on December 10, with an event attended by 25 entities, evaluating the progress and highlighting the achievements of 2019. This included the strategic articulation between […]

News • January 31, 2020

International Knowledge Exchange between Colombia and Mexico “Introduction to the National Agrologistics Plan”

In December 2019, the GGGI Colombia team and Colombian government officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR), the National Planning Department, Procolombia, the Rural Agricultural Planning Unit, participated in an international exchange between Colombia and Mexico “Introduction to the National Agrologistics Plan” in Mexico City. This exchange came under the cooperation framework […]

News • November 26, 2019

International Experiences in the Development and Implementation of National Forest Services

Colombia, November 7, 2019 –  The Colombia Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS for its acronym in Spanish), with support of GGGI,  the embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Colombia, and the Amazon Vision Program, held an event for exchanging “International Experiences in the Development and Implementation of National Forest Services” on November […]

News • November 15, 2019

Department of Nariño: Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) results

 On October 8, 2019, the GGGI team successfully delivered the results of the Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) for the Colombian Department of Nariño. The results, published in a comprehensive report, were presented in the Forum: “Challenges and opportunities for green growth and forest conservation,” an event co-organized by GGGI, the Norwegian Embassy, and three regional […]

News • October 29, 2019

Department of Meta: Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) results

Villavicencio, October 4 –The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is pleased to announce the publication of the results from the Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA) for the Department of Meta on Friday the 4th of October. The GGPA methodology, a GGGI analytical tool that evaluates country performance in key green growth areas, was specifically adapted […]

News • October 28, 2019

Workshop: Building the National Bioeconomy Strategy – UKPACT

On October 17, 2019 in Cali, Colombia, the workshop: “Building the National Bioeconomy Strategy” was hosted by GGGI together with the National Planning Department – DNP and the Embassy of the United Kingdom, following the UKPACT project “Support in the implementation of Colombia’s Green Growth Policy through investments and capacity development of public and private […]

News • September 18, 2019

Non-timber Forest Products (NTFPs): The prosperity of Meta through its richness in biodiversity

We are delighted to report the success of our workshop “Non-timber forest products (NTFPs): prosperity through our wealth of biodiversity”, which took place on the 12th of September 2019 with the participation of more than 180 people in city of Villavicencio, located in the Colombian Eastern Plains. The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) successfully led […]

Projects

Thematic Areas
Countries
Project Reference Profiles – Colombia (CO04) Green growth governance – Scaling up Green Growth Policy implementation and investments via capacity building
Start Date Q2 20190615
Funding Source
Actual Budget (USD) 178,780
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Cross Cutting
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Thematic Areas
Countries
Project Reference Profiles – Colombia(CO2) Green growth governance – GGGI Green Growth Project (2017-2019)
Start Date Q2 20170724
Funding Source
Actual Budget (USD) 1,480,129
Status Complete
Thematic Area
  • Cross Cutting
View
Countries
REDD+ Financial Mechanism Colombia
Start Date Q4 2015
Funding Source
Actual Budget (USD) 0
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Forest (Sustainable) Landscapes
View
Countries
Non-Conventional Energies and Energy Efficiency Fund (FENOGE)
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source
Actual Budget (USD) 0
Status Complete
View
Countries
Policy and investment development to advance Colombia´s Long-Term Green Growth Objectives
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source
Actual Budget (USD) 1,456,000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Forest (Sustainable) Landscapes
  • Cross Cutting
View

Reports

The Promise of Green Growth: A Pathway to Prosperity while Achieving National and Global Ambitions Pacific  • Technical Report  • Republic of Korea  • flagship-publications  • Cambodia
Report
The Promise of Green Growth: A Pathway to Prosperity while Achieving National and Global Ambitions

Pacific  • Technical Report  • Republic of Korea  • flagship-publications  • Cambodia  • Colombia  • Fiji  • Jordan  • Lao PDR  • Mongolia  • Nepal  • Philippines  • Senegal  • Viet Nam  • Papua New Guinea  • Ethiopia  • Myanmar  • Peru  • Uganda  • Burkina Faso  • Qatar  • Indonesia  • México  • Cross Cutting  • Vanuatu

Segunda Fase del Programa de Crecimiento Verde en Colombia, GGGI – Reino de Noruega Colombia  • Cross Cutting
Report
Segunda Fase del Programa de Crecimiento Verde en Colombia, GGGI – Reino de Noruega

Colombia  • Cross Cutting

Achieving Green Growth and Climate Action Post-COVID-19 Caribbean  • cote d'ivoire  • Technical Report  • flagship-publications  • Cambodia
Report
Achieving Green Growth and Climate Action Post-COVID-19

Caribbean  • cote d'ivoire  • Technical Report  • flagship-publications  • Cambodia  • Colombia  • Fiji  • Jordan  • Kiribati  • Lao PDR  • Mongolia  • Mozambique  • Nepal  • Rwanda  • Senegal  • United Arab Emirates  • Viet Nam  • UAE  • Guyana  • Hungary  • Green Cities  • Ethiopia  • Morocco  • Peru  • Uganda  • Burkina Faso  • Tonga  • Forest (Sustainable) Landscapes  • Indonesia  • México  • Sustainable Energy  • Thailand  • Cross Cutting  • Vanuatu

Evaluación del Potencial de Crecimiento Verde en Nariño Colombia  • Cross Cutting
Report
Evaluación del Potencial de Crecimiento Verde en Nariño

Colombia  • Cross Cutting

Evaluación del Potencial de Crecimiento Verde en Meta Colombia  • Cross Cutting
Report
Evaluación del Potencial de Crecimiento Verde en Meta

Colombia  • Cross Cutting

Lineamientos para el diseño de programas y proyectos de reconversión ganadera sostenible Colombia  • Forest (Sustainable) Landscapes
Report
Lineamientos para el diseño de programas y proyectos de reconversión ganadera sostenible

Colombia  • Forest (Sustainable) Landscapes

Review of GGGI’s experience to design and operationalize NFVs to finance climate and green growth policy implementation Colombia  • Costa Rica  • India  • Jordan  • Mongolia
Report
Review of GGGI’s experience to design and operationalize NFVs to finance climate and green growth policy implementation

Colombia  • Costa Rica  • India  • Jordan  • Mongolia  • Rwanda  • Senegal  • Ethiopia  • Cross Cutting  • Vanuatu

Evaluación de Potencial de Crecimiento Verde en Antioquia Colombia  • Cross Cutting
Report
Evaluación de Potencial de Crecimiento Verde en Antioquia

Colombia  • Cross Cutting

Plan Estratégico de Turismo de Naturaleza en Nariño Colombia
Report
Plan Estratégico de Turismo de Naturaleza en Nariño

Colombia

Evaluación de Potencial de Crecimiento Verde en Meta Colombia  • Cross Cutting
Report
Evaluación de Potencial de Crecimiento Verde en Meta

Colombia  • Cross Cutting

Evaluación de Potencial de Crecimiento Verde en Nariño Colombia  • Cross Cutting
Report
Evaluación de Potencial de Crecimiento Verde en Nariño

Colombia  • Cross Cutting

The Livestock Sector in Colombia: Toward a Program to Facilitate Large-Scale Adoption of Mitigation and Adaptation Practices Colombia
Report
The Livestock Sector in Colombia: Toward a Program to Facilitate Large-Scale Adoption of Mitigation and Adaptation Practices

Colombia

Misión de Crecimiento Verde (Español) Colombia  • Cross Cutting
Report
Misión de Crecimiento Verde (Español)

Colombia  • Cross Cutting

GGGI Colombia Brochure 2018 Colombia  • Cross Cutting
Report
GGGI Colombia Brochure 2018

Colombia  • Cross Cutting

Comparative Analysis of Bus Public Transport Concession Models – Summary (English) Colombia  • Green Cities  • México
Report
Comparative Analysis of Bus Public Transport Concession Models – Summary (English)

Colombia  • Green Cities  • México

Comparative Analysis of Public Transport Concession Models- Full Report (English) Colombia  • Green Cities  • México
Report
Comparative Analysis of Public Transport Concession Models- Full Report (English)

Colombia  • Green Cities  • México

Análisis comparativo de modelos de concesiones de transporte público – Síntesis (Español) Colombia  • Green Cities  • México
Report
Análisis comparativo de modelos de concesiones de transporte público – Síntesis (Español)

Colombia  • Green Cities  • México

Análisis comparativo de modelos de concesiones de transporte público – Reporte completo (Español) Colombia  • Green Cities  • México
Report
Análisis comparativo de modelos de concesiones de transporte público – Reporte completo (Español)

Colombia  • Green Cities  • México

Colombia: Country Planning Framework 2016-2020 Colombia  • Forest (Sustainable) Landscapes  • Cross Cutting
Report
Colombia: Country Planning Framework 2016-2020

Colombia  • Forest (Sustainable) Landscapes  • Cross Cutting

GGGI In-Country Staff

Cristian Rivera

Program Officer, Colombia

Diana Chaves-Pineda

Administrative Associate

Camilo Ortega P. M.Sc.

Policy Lead & Deputy Country Representative

Carolina Jaramillo

Country Representative - Colombia