Marley Serrano final report: Sustainable Development ISG 2015
Contratación: A Rural Community in Colombia.
– An Opportunity for Sustainable Development –
Communities in Colombia have the possibility of developing. Moreover, today it is more important when development must also be sustainable. This project looks at a rural community in Colombia that at this time doesn’t have a real strategy of development and survival over time. However, rural communities have the opportunity to achieve a high level of life, implementing strategies to maintain the young population with friendly jobs (describing in two opportunities: farming and teleworking). Also, possibilities to study, based in the program “University of Town”, via alliances with universities and institutions of the government. Finally, the importance of reduce the ecological footprint by sensibilizing the community to excessive feeding and best practices in farming.When these strategies are combined, a rural community can ensure its survival over time, with a high life quality for its inhabitants and sustainable development.
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Closing note from the author
When I started the research, my hypothesis was that rural communities have a less ecological footprint. However, it is not true. The footprint can be higher due to excessive food consumption.
So, if we want to promote sustainable rural communities it is necessary:
- Create conditions for environment friendly jobs: Teleworking and farming (as a culture)
- Develop programs for study after high school. In one city (Bucaramanga) the government has developed the “University of the Town” and it is very interesting.
- Change the eating culture (it is a process) and develop best practices of farming
- Take advantages of carbon credits. I consider that it is a good opportunity because it is possible create new jobs and protect the jungle.
It was a great activity. Finally, I consider that we can’t wait the decision of national government for ever. Local government and leaders of the communities can start now.
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