Rodrigo Botero is the director of the Fundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible. From the public and NGO sectors he has promoted strategies regarding land-use planning and environmental management based on dialogue between authorities of different levels, social organizations and indigenous peoples, and other stakeholders.
As the director of the Amazonía-Orinoquía region for the Colombian National Natural Parks System from 2000 to 2010, Botero coordinated with the Colombian National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) to establish protected areas. Within the context of different peace policies over the past 12 years, and as director of the Fundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible for the last six, he has driven transportation planning processes within ecologically sensitive areas and pushed for formalization of property in the Amazon, the substitution of illicit crops, and the deployment of agri-environmental programs for local inhabitants. He has also contributed to the strengthening of indigenous peoples’ traditional natural resource management systems and indigenous relations with government institutions.
One of Botero’s greatest strengths is the novel use of geographic information systems (GIS) for the analysis of socio-environmental unrest, early warning programs, deforestation monitoring, and modeling of future scenarios, information which he makes available to decision makers and territorial authorities.
Botero holds a degree in zootechnics from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá and a master’s in sustainable development of agricultural systems and agricultural and environmental sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Javierana in Bogotá.
Botero was an event speaker at the Dialogue.