Some streams in the urban and rural area of the Municipality of Medellín, have been characterized by problems related to social indiscipline reflected in the amount of garbage and debris deposited on the banks and beds of streams- Also the households settlements without meeting the required safety standards, increasing the probabilities of floods. As a strategy, Linear Parks and Ecological Corridors were created, implementing actions of landscaping, furnishing and adaptation of spaces with playgrounds, trails with access for disabled people, fences, bridges, tables and chairs that modify the appearance of these spaces, oriented for the community enjoyment.Read More Read Less
The city has created several Environmental classrooms and food gardens, as a strategy for mitigating local environmental issues such as the generation of solid waste, organic waste, civic life , food security and food sovereignty. The initiative was born on 2010 in response to the need to encourage citizen participation through initiatives that promote self-management, democratic education, community work, research and the use of free time for the benefit of nature.
These spaces are designed to connect the citizens with the environment through urban agriculture and training, on issues such as biodiversity, composting, plant care, solid waste management, etc.
The BRT Metroplús System in Medellin Colombia, includes a modern massive transport system, which is efficient, comfortable, convenient, fast and safe. Metroplús is registered since March of 2012, as a clean development mechanism project - CDM (MDL – Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio in Spanish) by the UNFCCC, which includes all the operation phases of Metroplús. This CDM project contributes reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4 y N2O), trough the substitution of traditional transport modes to a sustainable and efficient transport system. Of the 20 vehicles and 47 articulated standards used in the operation of Metroplús called BRT mode, work with compressed natural gas, ranking within the range of clean technologies, meeting the criteria for sustainable urban planning referred to in Resolution 2007 180158 Ministries of Mines and Energy, Social Protection and Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, which requires that the Integrated Mass Transit Systems operate with cleaner fuels, generating decreases in emissions of particulate matter (PM10) in more than 1,500 tons a year, is reduced also by about 10% in the noise levels.Read More Read Less
EPM has been stimulating the national climate change strategy in Colombia. In furtherance with its business management, has made mitigation and climate change adaptation , including integrated watershed protection and conservation through erosion control , reforestation and monitoring. EPM has also led projects of clean development mechanism. In 2009 EPM made an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally designed a climate change strategy that includes identifying a portfolio of new projects to mitigate GHG, research and innovation in the areas of climate change and carbon market monitoring , EPM REDD + project , risks and vulnerability issues. The carbon neutral Christmas lighting is part of this strategy. In the same way, EPM is committed to global initiatives such as Caring for Climate, promoted by the Global Compact Network of the United Nations, bringing together leaders on climate change management in the world.Read More Read Less
The purpose of the project activity is to install a controlled methane capture and flaring system simultaneously at the Curva de Rodas and the La Pradera landfills in order to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission.Read More Read Less
It is a campaign to position the bicycle as transportation to work.
on Wednesdays, employees of the municipal, departmental administration and the metropolitan area to be transported to work on your own bike and to contribute to sustainable mobility. Currently there are two routes.
Processes of education and generation of environmental awareness in citizens permanently sensitizing different population groups in the rational use of the vehicle, good driving practices, best practices of consumption, promoting the use of bicycles and public transport are strengthened, private car sharing. Publication of material was performed in order to socialize the air pollution plan, aimed at decreasing emissions of air pollutants. Deep Breathe a citizens' initiative which aims to raise awareness about the role of citizens to improve the air quality was consolidated.Read More Read Less
Mobile sources are responsible for the largest percentage of polluting gases and particles that affect air quality, and that is the air we all breathe. “Take a Breath” campaign is an invitation to try more environmental friendly transportation methods, to improve air quality in the city of Medellin and the Metropolitan area. The campaign includes several activities of an educational nature to be held in various strategic locations in the city such as schools, universities, traffic lights, commercial establishments, driving schools, plus several awareness workshops on integrated transport system, radio and TV advertising.Read More Read Less
Some of the environmental benefits of Ayacucho tramway are:
7,356 tons of CO2 will be reduced annually
It will create 113.174 m2 of new public spaces and green areas.
The three new lines will be operated with electric energy prevents the emission of pollutants.
It is friendly to the environment, inclusive and affordable for the community.
Contains policies, programs and projects to ensure mobility by improving the accessibility, integrated and structured.
From urban planning, land use needs seeking to reduce travel long distances are favored. From transportation systems of public transport operated with clean integrated in operational form and tariff electricity or fuels are strengthened. On the average day, the massive Metro system handles about 600 passengers, Metroplus mobilizes 82000, near the Metro Cables 34000. More than 650 public transport vehicles, have gone out of circulation with the implementation of the integrated public transport system
The Solid Waste Integrated Management Program, has several projects of waste prevention and mitigation. One of its main focus, is to endorse the people living from the recycling activity, trying to distinguish the labor they develop in our community. Creating collection centers that ensure fair prices of recycled materials (7 collection centers that captured 266 tons / month). 3 collection centers for debris (380 ton-day. Door to door solid waste management campaigns. In areas prioritized by the community, clean up campaigns are develop to educate and raise awareness, creating a culture of proper practices for solid waste disposal.Read More Read Less
The Production and Sustainable Consumption Best Practices program seeks to promote behavioral change and liable consumption habits, through the implementation of production practices that allow a reduction in the use of water, energy and waste. Encouraging farmers, business and families to implement strategies for cleaner production and sustainable consumption, in order to contribute in reducing the ecological footprint, increasing the quality of life for residents and contribute to the environmental sustainability of the Municipality.
So far the program has managed to intervene 157 business with best production and consumption practices, 95 urban families, 756 agriculture production farms with adequate environmental practices and 812 rural families with good agro ecological practices.
The Integrated Transport System Aburrá Valley consists of different modes of transportation to cover much of Medellin and the Aburrá Valley, using different technologies that allow easy movement, fast, safe and environmental friendly. This system includes the Metro, Metrocables, Metroplús, EnCicla and the future Metroplús Ayacucho tramway (by 2015).
Our transportation system is recognized internationally and position the city as one of the most desired destinations in Colombia for its strength, development and technology. Metro has become a symbol of culture, citizenship and social benefit, the company that maintains an ongoing commitment to the quality of its processes, the environment and security. The Metro is an icon of the city of Medellin and the municipalities of the Metropolitan Area. It is not just a means of transport.
Mobility secretary has an environmental group that develops two themes: Control of greenhouse gas emissions to mobile sources, accompanied by the Metropolitan Environmental procedures and traffic control.Read More Read Less
The city council has created a city policy to promote the implementation of environmental practices by ecological criteria, education, innovation, research and knowledge transfer, cultural projects, habitat projects, planning proposals and construction. Biodiversity, integrity, energy, water, transportation, communication are other key drivers. "Medellin Green and sustainable City” which is coordinated with other environmental policies of the Municipality, search to implement solutions to environmental problems and to achieve environmental sustainable development of the city. The fulfillment of this policy will be measure by the following indicators: Local contribution to global climate change, Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Transport, Sustainable land use, Biodiversity: Fauna and Flora, Air Quality, Noise pollution, Integrated solid waste management, Eco – innovation, Environmental management of the local authority, Energy Efficiency and Growth of urban and rural green areas.Read More Read Less
The Mobility within the 2012-2015 Development Plan has been working in conjunction with the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley, managing for the scrapping of 670 vehicles urban public transport, which were affiliated to different companies public transport legally authorized by the Mobility of Medellin and are part of the vehicle which has the city oversupply caused by the entry into operation of the basins SITVA 3 and 6, this in order to improve the quality of life of inhabitants, whenever a decongestion of city roads which results in a decrease in travel times is presented, also there is a reduction in emissions of particulate matter, since the new vehicles operate on gas vehicular natural.
It is also important to note that with the new Transit Medellín (TPM) which raises the operation basins routes urban public transport will decrease, also will reduce the remaining paths to optimize the mesh vial downtown Medellin, contributing therefore to cleaner air and better mobility in the city.
Also underway is the formulation of environmental studies and formulation of Environmental Plan under the proposed reorganization of the Public Transport and integrators the Metro in Medellin.
The scope of the contract includes environmental studies:
• Environmental Assessment for the model of public transport in Medellin.
• Environmental management plan for public transport scheme to be implemented control mechanisms and compliance plan.
• Determine the economic and tax benefits of reducing particulate pollutant emission model derived for Municipality of Medellín and transport operators.
The city has identified opportunities in the use of natural gas as a clean fuel in mass transport systems, which contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and other pollutants that affect the health of the population. In this sense, EPM has been supporting the process of articulation with the company Metroplús mass transit by offering a system of gas energy supply.
Metroplús began operations in 2011, with 20 articulated buses, also currently has 47 buses to natural gas standards, becoming the first mass transit system in Colombia boosted with this fuel.
According to estimates for 2013, comparing the emissions from natural gas with those produced by diesel (EURO IV), the 35.84% of CO2 emissions avoided.
Encourages other cities to establish similar systems serviced with gas, opens the door to participation as a partner in EPM other mass transit projects and consolidates internationally as a responsible and sustainable company.
This program gives consumer credits to industrial and residential sectors to facilitate the purchase of more efficient electric and gas appliances, conversion of vehicles to natural gas. In 2013, 27.536 new families and companies were benefited, for a total of 132.06 customers.Read More Read Less
“Soy Natural” (Being natural) is an opportunity to share messages of preservation and conservation of the environment by taking advantage of the rise of public awareness. Medellin is betting on a more natural lifestyle by creating a new brand with the campaign “Soy Natural”, creating a symbol of commitment assumed by any person with the environment, represented in the conservation and efficient use of water, energy, the use of public transport, respect for animals, the decrease in material consumption aggressive with the environment and the proper segregation and disposal of waste, among many other environmental practices.Read More Read Less
RECICLO is a city challenge, in which the municipal administration and private organizations seek to promote the culture of recycling locally, generating multiple environmental and social benefits, such as improving the quality of life of recyclers, to increase the useful life of the city´s landfill due to less volume of solid waste disposal. RECYCLE is an educational strategy intended to decrease the pressure on natural resources, thus achieving to inspire the production of new materials from recycled material, through companies that obtain their economic activity transforming these materials into new products, providing municipal conservation sustainability.Read More Read Less
With the program Gas without Borders, EPM offers natural gas through a network service to the municipalities of Antioquia outside the Aburrá Valley, through road transport of compressed natural gas. This energy is distributed over networks to homes, commercial stores and places of consumption by replacing the use of other fossil fuels. Come 2015, the goal of the program is to obtain a residential use of over 75% in the Aburrá Valley and expand natural gas service to 84 towns with Compressed Natural Gas technology, reaching more than 70% coverage in the region.Read More Read Less
The forest carbon project More forests to the Aburrá Valley, identifies potential about 15 thousand hectares suitable for forestry which now are covered with grass and low stubble, with the identification of native and introduced species for promoting commercial reforestation, with the ability to capture about 3 million tons of carbon in a span of 20 years and an equal amount of issuance and sale of carbon credits for world trade, indicators that clearly demonstrate the importance of the project development sustainable Aburrá ValleyRead More Read Less
Communicational campaign that through billboards, intervention in spaces of the Metro, commercial TV and other advertising pieces, citizens are invited to reflect on the contribution made to the environment to move in any of the modes that make up the system (train, cable or bus), or the contribution they could do if they do not usually use it. Following is the invitation to visit the site www.miaportemetro.com, which include information on the campaign, the concept of sustainable mobility and a calculator with which they can determine what their personal contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions is being made by switching to clean transportation systems.Read More Read Less
Consists of an equitable and balanced development strategy of the regional territory, based on an economic, social, cultural model which is efficiency, competitive and sustainable. This is carried out with private construction company of the metropolitan and involves training in clean and sustainable production processes.Read More Read Less
The CVM (Green Metropolitan Belt of Medellin is a strategy which involves the long-term planning and integral intervention conceived by the current Administration. The purpose of the CVM is to control the expansion and consolidate a balanced and equitable territory at the intersection of urban and rural areas, seeking the reasonable and sustainable occupation of territories, and to protect the areas which provide environmental goods and services. In addition, it seeks to provide an integrated improvement of the habitat, guaranteeing social inclusions and city enjoyment particularly for the communities with low income levels that live on the borders of the urban-rural areas of the municipality.
The incial fase of the CVM is called Jardin Circunvalar Metropolitano, and is being developed with five main components: expansion control decent and safe housing, inclusive and structuring public space for the territory, integrated sustainability and connection of the territory.
The formulation of the Land Use Plan makes us aware that we are entitled to a city in harmony with nature and more equitable.
It is a compact city, with a new skin for Medellin is woven through
which its future will be defined in economic, environmental, urban areas and
for the period 2014-2027 social. In this citizen agreement, rights and duties are established in the territory so we can all enjoy a better city.
He linked to nearly 50 thousand people. Trainings, workshops and forums were ripe for the unions, employers, social, educational, environmental and cultural organizations, would evidence that the plan is for all scenario. There the citizens spoke and expressed their feelings, their vision and hopes about the future of the city. As a result of citizen participation, communities made 1,354 proposals in the meetings of which 264 were made to the Land Use Plan.
• Promoting equity in the territory
• Promoting economic development and competitiveness
• Participatory Management
• Policy habitat and safe housing
• institutional settings to control territory
• Protection guardian hills (Green Belt)
• River Recovery for Life
• Protection and restoration of rural land
• Healthy Mix of land uses
• Recovery Center
• Coordination of the regional territory
• The city for pedestrians
• More bike paths to enjoy
• Public transportation that does not pollute
• Increase quality of public space
The creation of the Water Fund aims to help the recovery and conservation of natural resources and the environment through public private partnerships, in order to manage and invest financial resources for protects to maintain and preserve ecosystem services, such as water regulation, climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation, all these indispensable to human welfare. Initiative of Water Funds in Latin America.
Using different strategies in terms of recovery and ecosystem restoration, implementation of sustainable production practices, conservation and management of biodiversity, water resources, education, training, monitoring and applied research, the Water Fund, through the Cuenca Verde Corporation, seeks to protect the supply basins of Riogrande II and La Fe, main sources of water for the inhabitants of the Aburrá Valley, benefiting approximately 2,700,000 people in the Municipality of Medellin and 35,000 residents around the watersheds.
This project main objective is the care of people affected by disasters and / or risk areas not recoverable from the allocation of housing subsidies used, the allocation of allowances is taken from a list drawn up by the competent authorities. The value of subsidies is set to complete 100% of the value of the property subject of housing solution, not exceeding the value of priority interest housing.
This program allows beneficiary households to improve their living conditions through access to safe housing and in the case of relocation by location in unrecoverable risk areas, allowing release of the ground for recovery for environmental purposes.
In Medellin monitoring air quality is, measuring PM10 (7 teams), PM2.5 (4 teams), PM1.0 (1 set), NOx (3 teams), CO (2 teams), O3 (3 teams), and a sampler of acid rain. 67% of computers located in Medellin are automatic. The information reported by the monitoring network has allowed to make decisions on issues of land use, environmental authority, Disabled. The advance in the management of information possible to implement the Operational Plan to tackle pollution episodes to alert the community to health protection.Read More Read Less
The Metropolitan Network for Risk Management of Aburra Valley seeks to engage the activities of the response bodies, the Risk Management Municipal Councils, and community groups. The strategy is not solely to comply with Law 1523 of 2012, but also to decrease vulnerability and to develop processes to prevent risks as a result of possible natural events. Disaster risk reduction is a paramount priority of the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP) in view of the large impact caused by catastrophies on vulnerable populations lacking food security worldwide. The policy of Food Safety, known as “Sphere Project” by the U.N. focused on encouraging the capacity to resist and the overall capacity of the people, communities and the countries most vulnerable, to guarantee food and nutritional safety and in turn, reduce the risk of catastrophies, protecting and improving life and means of subsistence.Read More Read Less
Medellin towards Environmental Sustainability
The concept of environmental sustainability is very important to the current municipal administration. Achieving the necessary balance between environmental, economic, political, social and cultural processes that respond to systemic and multidimensional vision of development is the way forward in a region such as Medellín, is committed to the care of natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations.
The PAM is formulated for a period of 12 years, with an initial horizon to 2019, is validated and checked every four years with the assessment of compliance with the goals and indicators, according to the periods of the Development Plan .
The current PAM has four mayor components:
Natural base (Ecosystems, renewable and no renewable natural resources), Habitat (occupation of the territory, public space, mobility, waste management, risk management, education and community participation, sustainable production and resource decontamination), regional environmental solidarity and Rural sustainable development .
EPM seeks to conserve protected areas, forests and ecosystems with biodiversity value, located in areas where the company has presence and in this sense the planned management can prevent or mitigate the effects that may arise in the development of projects or tasks operation.
68% of the where EPM infrastructure is based, are high biodiversity areas that lack a legal form of protection. That is why EPM has 64741 acres of forests in protected áreas that surround water reservoirs.
The Parque Central de Antioquia (PCA) is one of the strategic plans of the actual administration, which allows Medellin to move towards sustainability. This implies restoration, protection, promotion of scientific knowledge and management of strategic ecosystems, as well as areas of environmental importance, trying to preserve the natural supply of environmental goods and services in the territory, ecological connectivity and the creation of recreational areas. PCA will bring to the region approximately 4.046 ha of new conservation areas. Another very important aspect of PCA is the possibility of food security with healthier agricultural products, thanks to communication actions to raise awareness for better ecological farming practices.ecological connectivity and the creation of recreational areas. PCA will bring to the region approximately 4.046 ha of new conservation areas. Another very important aspect of PCA is the possibility of food security with healthier agricultural products, thanks to communication actions to raise awareness for better ecological farming practices.Read More Read Less
The GEI (Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions) of the Metropolitan Region of Aburra Valley, mainly set in the Municipality of Medellin, was conducted using the IPCC Tier 1 method. The purpose is to establish the baseline of the emission of these types of gases generated by four main sectors: Energy, IPPU, AFOLU and Waste. Based on the result obtained (Energy 89%, IPPU 6%, AFOLU 4% and Waste 1%) the strategies and activities for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change are established (including the Climate Variability phenomenon), the sectors of Energy and IPPU are prioritized in an joint effort of the State, Private Sector and the Metropolitan Community.Read More Read Less
The Urban Drainage Master Plan seeks to reduce the probability of flooding, avoid negative impacts on urban infrastructure and mitigate economic losses, in order to have a sustainable development of the urban environment. Several institutions that used to work individually using corrective measures with high cost to the region, come together to create an innovated system of hydraulic management. A number of channels, streams, river banks, pathways associated structures for storm water management, as well as sewers in the areas of influence of the Aburrá river and tributaries.Read More Read Less
EPM – Empresas Publicas de Medellín is organized under the concept of "industrial and commercial state enterprise”, owned by the Municipality of Medellin, EPM prints the highest international quality standards for the services provided. Electric power, main gas, water and sanitation experience, financial strength, transparency and technical capacity are the main features that identify this organization, whose primary focus is social and environmental responsibility.
As of November of 2013, EPM purchased Emvarias (Waste Management Company owned by the Municipality of Medellin), looking to build territories where they can provide comprehensive services in the management of solid waste to the entire population, adapted to local realities and that are sustainable, economic and socially inclusive, by implementing the strategy Linda Calle Siglo XXI, which will contribute to air quality, reduce the amount of solid waste in the landfill. EPM will explore the power generation waste recovery, producing biogas and compost from organic waste.
EcoMedellín is a pilot project that aims to create habitats with sustainable development processes, as an innovative and adaptive model of occupation that contributes to the management of biodiversity and ecosystem services, in addition to the quality of life for residents.
This part of the Ecocity models developed by VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) with the development of eco-city solutions based on local traditions, socio-economic realities, perceptions and identity values, available materials and competencies of the partners.
The aim of the project is "To ensure the quality of habitat in urban areas and urban / rural interface through the development of a model eco-city pilot around the watershed of the stream Quebrada La Honda”.
The partners are looking for funding for formulation and further implementation.
This project tends to create spaces for sharing knowledge, experiences, allowing the recovery of ancestral feeding practices and culture, strengthening social networks and encouraging practices such as barter for food and seeds in favor of food sovereignty all this from an educational component where professionals from different mayors help to develop practical and theoretical workshops geared towards the fulfillment of the program.
Have a participatory methodology, reflective, flexible and playful construction, where the constant interaction of the community and other existing organizations will be encouraged; which will be addressed from the conceptualization and knowledge dialogue, this in order to build on the relationship Environment & Society.
534 eco-farms have been strengthened during the current administration, developing a program that improves the living conditions of the vulnerable sectors of the city and also providing gender equality and empowering women.
Providing services to populations affected by natural disasters or the heavy rain season by assigning subsidies for used homes. The purpose is to provide the population access to safe housing and improve its living conditions.Read More Read Less
The project’s main objective is to boost the Medellín River’s potential as an environmental and public space axis in the region and the city, making it a key element to the structure of the city, transforming the river in a space for the gathering and enjoyment of the public.
This project is not only based only an infrastructure intervention, it has several line of actions, one of them being known as Nature and city, is geared towards the promotion of Green spaces, Ecological Connectivity, Increased biodiversity. And Forest plan compensation.
Providing sustainable mobility, based on the promotion of clean complimentary systems, construction of roads for bikes and potentiation of vehicular roads, managing to make more efficient systems.
Environmental awareness through the development of joint activities with the population. Through meetings between the parties, workshops, development of pedagogical courses, bicycle promoting campaigns, among others.
As our city, rests in the middle of a valley with vast water resources, 56 main water sources, 4161 streams that represent 1173 miles of hydric network. Of these, 1010 miles are of natural riverbeds and 112 miles of channels. It is necessary to integrate a proper management of the orographic system by promoting and implementing joint actions related to environmental issues in Medellín and Aburrá Valley. This can guarantee the proper management of natural resources for the preservation and restoration of ecological balance in the city. To develop this program the following strategic actions are executed: a. Purchase of land for protection of start and aquifer recharge areas. b. Watershed protection aqueducts supplying for human consumption. c. Recovery and improvement of the natural channels of streams. d. Hydraulic and maintenance interventions in streams. e. Monitoring of streams through the installation of stations (In coordination with the Early Warning System SIATA)Read More Read Less
The bike lanes are road segments of the city in the service of the community to the practice of sports and recreational activities. It is the linear part that allows the meeting of the inhabitants of the Aburrá Valley. The new Land Use Plan proposes 400 km on bike paths, built the Metropolitan Mobility System, 10,000 pedal-assist electric bicycles to the city with allied organizations and funding cycle stations across the Integrated Transport System in all stations and equipment public.Read More Read Less
The project “Mas Bosques para Medellín” seeks to achieve several objectives of great importance to the sustainability of Medellín, so far the project has managed to recover 1.254,55 acres and plant 699.799 trees.
Air Carbon capture: Improve air quality of the city, compensate the carbon footprint and open the Voluntary Carbon Markets Forestry through the standard VCS (Verified Carbon Standard): the project is currently in the process of validation and verification.
Biodiversity: The project is looking to restore the floristic structure of primitive natural forests in the region or pollination of crops and native vegetation
Restoration and protection of areas of environmental significance and strategic ecosystems, such as water supply sources for rural areas.
Source of Forest Research and Environmental Education
Private - public partnerships, the project seeks to engage in environmental management to the owners of the properties to intervene, offering in an economical benefit.
The SIATA (Early Environmental Alert System of the Municipality of Medellin and the Metropolitan area) is the flagship project of AMVA in risk management and one of the major strategies to monitor the Medellin River and its basin. SIATA seeks to provide timely alerts to response bodies and to the community of the chance of an extreme environmental event that threatens human beings, housing and quality of life in general. In addition, it provides the entity with relevant environmental information to make decisions related to managing the Medellin River.Read More Read Less
EPM seeks to develop an integrated management towards conservation of ecosystems that provide water and other ecosystem services to the communities. Consequently, through the formulation and validation of REDD + project for the Standard CCBA (Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance)) in Gold category, which means that this project integrates the emission reduction benefits to local communities and conservation biodiversity and contributes to the conservation and sustainable forest management (for this is the +), EPM aims to avoid deforestation and forest degradation, improve the conditions of communities and help conserve biodiversity.
With the implementation and international registration of this project, the company meets its target set in the Strategic Environmental Plan 2013 and responds to their commitment to country, to "contribute to the National Plan and the national adaptation strategy for reducing emissions due to deforestation and degradation of forests (REDD + Strategy) of Colombia.
EPM is in the process of formulating its strategy for the conservation of biodiversity, with initial scope for business in Colombia. It has the support of the French Development Agency (AFD) and the WWF (World Wildlife Foundation), and during 2013 developed an initial diagnostic work of information, referencing and analysis of international regulations associated. In 2014 it will continue with this work.
The strategy will provide guidelines to improve corporate decisions on ecosystem services; including increases in the availability and reliability of public services, asset value and revenue and cost savings.
It will be accompanied by an action plan that goes beyond the strictly biophysical, in order to build more comprehensive visions of the territory with the community and the institutions in their areas. It will also contemplate, analysis of risks and opportunities, biodiversity monitoring, habitat protection, education and communication, decision-efficiency indicators in conservation, valuation and compensation; capacity building, knowledge transfer, promotion and support of local initiatives and experiences.
Medellin companies have clearly understood the importance of the issue of sustainable development and therefore have been directly involved in the construction of environmentally friendly buildings and their collaborators.
Local companies have entered the global construction trends, which are based on minimizing the impact of the construction process and create buildings that help save energy, water and the responsible management of waste.
Looking to make this commitment visible, companies certify their processes and buildings by some international institutions to ensure their sustainability. The best known of these is the Leed certified, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which was created by the US Green Building Council.
Companies like Ruta N (public) Bancolombia (private), ISAGEN (public- private), Telemedellin (Public, in progress) already have the certification for yours buildings.
The Municipality of Medellín has reported 1 government operational inventory, since 2013. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2013, the are identified as key emission sources.
Mayor Federico Gutiérrez ZuluagaMunicipality of Medellín, Colombia