Workshop: "Post-War Land Use Change in Colombia"
The Workshop "Post-War Land Use Change in Colombia" took place on 4th to 6th September 2019 in the Senate Hall of the main building of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen.
The 22 participants from Colombia and Germany discussed the relations between land use and land rights in connection with the ongoing conflicts in Colombia. The Colombian guest professor at JLU, Prof. Dr. Ivan Lizarazo, had in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Lutz Breuer initiated the workshop to work on interdisciplinary solutions.
The president of the JLU, Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, emphasized at the beginning of his opening speech that the topic of the workshop was at the heart of the conflict and therefore of great importance. The professors Dr. Francisco Gutierrez Sanin and Dr. Fabio Leiva of the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, who flew in especially for this event, advanced the workshop with their comprehensive insights into their home country and their expertise.
In addition, many researchers from different disciplines gave talks in which the scientists linked their personal research focuses with the workshop topic so that the multidisciplinary of the meeting became clear. Furthermore, using methodological approaches, the participants developed concepts on topics such as water management, changes in land use and deforestation in Colombia. The scientists now want to develop further research questions that were raised within their newly founded groups and initiate new projects. The results shall contribute to the further development of the peace process in Colombia.
The event was generously funded by the DAAD and the Gießener Hochschulgesellschaft.