Meeting with Vanessa Daza Castillo, Colombian lawyer, coordinator of the environmental justice sector in Dejusticia. The work in this area focuses on issues such as environmental participation and specifically on the decision-making processes of extractive industries and climate change, such as deforestation, where Dejusticia promotes the defense of the rights of indigenous and peasant communities.
Within this framework, Vanessa points out that they carry out various actions that bring together the issues of peace processes, transitional justice and environmental law. In this way, the areas of environmental justice and transitional justice at the center would be closely linked.
Victor Tafur, director of the “Peace, Transitional Justice and Environmental Issues” research line, highlights how it is possible to link the different lines of work of the Normandy Chair for Peace by using the Colombian process. In this way, new doors of interdisciplinary reflection are being opened around the different scenarios of the post-peace agreement.
This is a key moment to reflect on how to address environmental issues in the Colombian context and take steps to promote peace with the Earth and the rights of future generations. For this reason, the Chair will seek to support the efforts that already exist in this area, not only from the philosophy of the academic world but also from the action.
Co-creating projects with actors such as Dejusticia would not only allow us to learn from the work of actors in the field, but would also give us the opportunity to contribute, from NPC’s multidisciplinary approach, to the development of peace processes in Colombia and in the world.
In the coming months, we will continue to explore opportunities for collaboration and mutual learning with actors involved in peace processes. Co-constructing a sustainable future is the essence of the way forward so that, through Peace “with” the Earth, we can achieve Peace on Earth together.