The Institute of Environmental Studies (IDEA) of the Bogotá branch of the National University of Colombia hosts the TRAJECTS’ regional hub for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Environmental Studies Institute - IDEA
IDEA understands the environment as a holistic reality in which ecosystemic and cultural processes interact. Through research, teaching and extension activities framed in interdisciplinary and inter-institutional work, IDEA addresses both conflictive and proactive aspects of the relationship between society and the rest of nature within the context of the development and welfare of society.
The institute contributes to the knowledge of the environment, to the sustainable use of its potential and to the solution of the problems of the tropics to improve the quality of life, through the creation of thought, scientific research and technological development through its training programs (Master in Environment and Development, PhD in Environmental Studies, diploma courses) and the projects it develops in five lines of research: Environmental and Agrarian Studies; Environmental Management; Economy and Environment; Ecology, Environmental Conflicts and Territory; and Environmental Thought and Education.
IDEA's extension activities also include work with government agencies to intervene, formulate and rethink development policies or legal and administrative provisions, as well as management systems. It is also open to cooperate with private enterprise and NGOs in order to seek new ways to achieve sustainable activity.
The Latin American regional center coordinates from Colombia the academic and administrative activities related to the different exchange and cooperation strategies among the network partners within the region, as well as students and researchers with the intention of moving to or from Latin America.
The National Contact Point (NCP) at UNAL Bogotá is in charge of communication with the members of the Partners Network in the region to promote scenarios and opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and strategies around Just Transitions to Sustainability. The National Contact Point (NCP) at UNAL Bogotá is in charge of communication with the members of the Partners Network in the region to promote scenarios and opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and strategies around Just Transitions to Sustainability.