We are committed to ensuring a better balance between the various existing interests that exert their influence on democratic processes, which are often inclined towards a productive extractivist focus, to the detriment of the environment and the local and indigenous communities, increasing their vulnerability. In Costa Humboldt we actively participate in the discussions that take place both in the respective commissions of the National Congress, as well as in the instances convened by the Executive Branch, with the purpose of establishing links between territorial realities and decision makers.
We also use the different tools provided by both the political and the legal systems (citizen participation, access to public information and environmental justice), as appropriate ways to address situations that are harmful to the environment and to the local and indigenous communities that defend their territories in the face of underlying threats. The use of the law and the diverse instances offered by both the Judicial Power and the Public Administration to challenge measures or decisions that affect claims aligned with the defense of environmental and cultural heritage, is essential when the previous stages of negotiation and dialogue have failed.
In this context, we have worked on different proposals for regulatory and institutional improvement within the framework of Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded projects implemented by United Nations agencies (UNDP, UNOPS, FAO), and government institutions (Ministries of Environment, Economy, Defense, Social Development Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service), and have participated actively in legislative projects, such as the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Service (SBAP) and the Climate Change Framework Law. In addition, we are part of a working group for the improvement of the public fisheries policy, made up of different environmental NGOs at the national, regional and global levels.