The Humboldt Campus in Bogota. Photo: Antonio De Lauri

Thanks to funding from the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS), DENx project members Antonio De Lauri and Anwesha Dutta have launched a new research and policy initiative in Colombia on sustainable and inclusive resettlement in contexts of violent conflict. As part of this initiative, they both participated at a workshop in Bogotá on displacement, biodiversity conservation and conflict co-organized by Anwesha together with the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute (Bogota). The interdisciplinary workshop was attended by ecologists, anthropologists, hydrologists, biologists, environmental engineers, remote sensing specialists, geographers and legal experts. Representatives from the Colombian Ministry of Environment, UNHCR and the Norwegian Refugee Council also took part. 

Anwesha also gave a talk at the Leticia campus of the National University of Colombia in the Amazon, and Antonio organized meetings with migrant support centres in Bogotá. 

This NCHS initiative, which is linked to both the DENx project and the Humanitarian Diplomacy project, has the long-term goal of nuancing approaches and visions regarding the interrelation of conflict, displacement, and environment, thus paving the way for developing pathways to sustainable (re)settlement and adaptation.