A recent interview with David Harbord “Can renewable energy kick-start Colombian ecotourism?“, published by Business News Americas on 31 January 2014, discusses the creation of a nonprofit foundation Ferdescol (Fundacion de Energias Renovables y Desarrollo Sostenible en Comunidades Colombianas) by Market Analysis Ltd. in collaboration with Baker & McKenzie S.A.S. Its purpose is to promote renewable energy and sustainable development projects in remote Colombian communities. Our initial aims are to provide solar panels and a water desalinization plant to a small community of 15-20 indigenous Wayuu families living near Rio Hacha in Colombia’s northern Guajira department. An article – “Renewables to spawn Colombia ecotourism” – accompanying the interview appeared on the BN Americas website on 30 January 2014 and is available here. A Spanish language version of the interview “Podra la energia renovable hacer despegar el ecoturismo en Colombia?“ can be downloaded by clicking on the link.
We are in the initial stages of setting up the Ferdescol foundation and seeking funding from government and international agencies, and from energy companies in Colombia. Baker & McKenzie S.A.S. is providing pro bono legal services. For more information visit our website www.ferdescol.org or contact David Harbord or Lucia Martínez.