Organization profile

Organisation description

The interdisciplinary group of research in urban environment, is part of this general problem that seeks to strengthen the research work of the University and particularly the Faculty of Environment. Unlike a few years back, at this time there is a real and effective interest in the need to project a real image of a District University generating high quality products in the research context and this is only achieved with institutional support and the stimulation of creativity in research work. Equally, this work must be inherent to an accreditation process, to guarantee its continuity and high level projection.

Mission

Set up a space for debate, research and production on the theme associated with the environmental dimension of cities and regions in Colombia. It is necessary to generate research from regions, cities, municipalities and local authorities to think of a country that is less exclusive and fairer. There are disparities in the distribution and concentration of urban centers and this has led to complex socio-environmental problems. It is necessary to develop a production that contributes to the solution of this problem in Colombia.

Vision

Ignorance of the city's ecological dynamics and the prevalence of private interests coupled with poor state management contributed to forming what is now the city where we live. The role of forest ecosystems in the eastern hills is only recently analyzed; also the importance of wetlands in the regulation of relative humidity and urban heating have been known until recently; the importance of urban parks as a scene of citizen encounter and of passive recreation, was valued only recently. On the other hand, analyzes such as the environmental impact are appropriated by some entities of the District until a few years ago, such as the IDU, who created the environmental office only three years ago.

The District University and particularly the curriculum of Forestry Engineering, with more than half a century of presence in the local and national scope, has always shown the concern to contribute its knowledge of the sector in diverse forms. A significant number of undergraduate theses carried out in the urban context as well as a considerable number of consulting jobs adequately respond to this poor environmental vision of officials and professionals from other sciences who unfortunately have formed the nucleus of decision of the environmental vision from the city. It is necessary then to think that the academic and scientific formation that has structured the District University for decades must be converted into an effective instrument to rethink the model of city that until now we have imposed. Similarly, the knowledge and ability of professionals in the environmental sciences must be at the service of the city, ie scientific research on city and environment must be reverted to the good of the city. It is urgent to do so now, because the dynamics of our history warns that the now and the near future.