Colombia Aims for Two Ocean Capability by 2030

April 3, 2020 (Google Translation) – In the midst of the emergency that the country is experiencing regarding the policies and plans that are being adopted to face COVID-19 throughout the national territory, good news emerges today for the strengthening of maritime and coastal issues: approval of CONPES as a policy with prospects for 2030. This fact, in turn, demonstrates a strong interest of the national government to include these issues as a priority on its State agenda.

The approval of the Colombia Sustainable Bioceramic Power 2030 policy was made this week by the National Council for Economic and Social Policy – CONPES. This document marks the strategic roadmap for the 928,660 km2 of maritime and coastal territory and promotes it as a factor of sustainable development for the nation.

Similarly, the approval of this policy through CONPES constitutes a new milestone reached by the national government for the consolidation of sustainable development not only in the coastal region but also in the regions within the country. Thus, this document will seek to boost institutionality and strengthen governance at sea and in coastal areas with the creation of an intersectoral “National Bioceanic System” with a national, regional and local scope, through which The Colombian Ocean Commission-CCO will be strengthened.

For this reason, this Government and all the institutions that are part of the process will plant a seed that seeks to provide clear solutions to 5 challenges that served as input for the preparation of the document. These challenges respond to five main objectives: to exercise bi-oceanic governance to comprehensively manage the country’s ocean potential; increase the State’s capacity to ensure the sovereignty, defense, and comprehensive maritime security; promote oceanic knowledge, culture, research and innovation to contribute to the social appropriation of the bi-oceanic country; harmonize the planning instruments to articulate territorial development and marine spaces and finally,

Likewise, Colombia will be able to provide continuous attention, enhancing the country’s institutional participation in international scenarios, as well as seeking to modernize the country’s capacities to guarantee effective coverage of the national maritime territory, strengthen maritime awareness from basic training and cultural, increase the educational offer and of researchers in the marine – coastal subjects, promote the scientific and technical capacities for the knowledge of the oceans and elaborate plans of coastal marine ordering and other subjects that have been prioritized in this document.

In all these areas of action that were defined a year and three months ago, the participation and commitment of all government institutions is necessary, in order to put an end to the disarticulation that ocean policy had been presenting and for this reason, today the CONPES document is proposed as a comprehensive system that links the national and regional, where the coordinating function of the Colombian Ocean Commission is also strengthened.

Thus, prioritizing these actions, by 2030, the vision of the country turns to strengthen the national identity, its coastal, marine and island areas in the Pacific and the Caribbean; take advantage of the strategic location on both coasts, as well as its proximity to the Panama Canal; obtain greater participation in the high seas and in the Antarctic; managing with knowledge and innovation and in an integral way the territory, continental and marine, and potentiating growth and development with new maritime activities that benefit the population.

In conclusion, with the approval of CONPES, Colombia is projected as a bioceanic power by 2030, through the comprehensive and sustainable use of its strategic location, ocean conditions and natural resources to contribute to the growth and sustainable development of the country.

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