The objective is to counteract the harmful effects of coca cultivation on the environment and for people living in drug crop cultivating areas. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Development and International Cooperation (BMZ), and in co-operation with the Colombian Ministry of Environment and Development (MADS), the one- to two-year pilot measures are aimed at curbing deforestation and promoting sustainable management of forest areas in coca-growing regions.

The projects promote the establishment of agroforestry and silvopastoral systems, which integrate the cultivation of crops, harvesting of fruits in natural forests, improving sustainability in cattle ranching, conservation agreements and the growing of trees to ensure reforestation. Thereby, ecologically sustainable, lucrative and legal sources of income for small farmers can be created to reduce their dependence on the drug economy.

Getting everyone involved – ensuring responsibility

The GIZ projects are based on the ‘alternative development’ (AD) approach to drug policy that takes on a development perspective and considers development deficits the actual root causes of drug economies that need to be relieved first.