In the decade since opening its energy sector, Colombia has earned a reputation for stability and success. The country has won plaudits across the hemisphere from its neighbors and investors. Colombia’s energy reforms of 2003 were studied closely by Mexican authorities as they rewrote their own energy laws this year. However, as oil and gas production has dipped below targets and exploration has fallen short of expectations, the country is struggling to meet its immediate energy needs as well as attract the investment necessary to sustain the energy sector into the future. Importantly, as participants at the Colombia Energy Roundtable in Bogotá underscored, Colombia has realized that both community engagement and environmental stewardship are critical to achieving that goal.

The Other Side of the River: Energy, Environment & Communities in Colombia

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