WHAT WE DO
TERRAE's work focuses mainly on technical projects for environmental and territorial planning, which includes geology, geomorphology, hydrology, hydrogeology, geotechnical, geochemical and water quality studies.
Similarly, environmental impacts generated by sectoral activities (mining, oil, and large hydropower) are assessed independently, and technical support is provided to communities, governmental (local and national) and nongovernmental entities and to the academy for the care of the natural basis of the territories and for the benefit of the communities that live there.
Nevado El Cocuy, Boyacá, Colombia.
STRATEGIC WORK LINES
Characterization of water, soil, rock and air and their interactions by studying geology, geomorphology, hydrology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, geophysics, geotechnics, water, and air quality.It is based on the analysis of primary and secondary information and exhaustive fieldwork, at scales suitable for the purpose of the study.
With this, it is possible to evaluate natural hazards, vulnerability, and risk of human communities, ecosystems, and Geosystems, in scenarios of climate change/variability. For example landslide and flooding susceptibility assessment; geological fault characterization focused on seismogeneration and groundwater recharge; analysis of the water and air quality to show possible anthropic alterations and characterization of geopatrimony for the declaration of protected areas.
Independent technical evaluation of environmental and sector studies related to mining, hydrocarbons and large hydroelectric projects, to identify the pertinence and solidity of these in the decision making that affect the territory and its communities.
This is based on a thorough review of the documentation presented by the stakeholders involved in the execution of projects, the technical and administrative acts issued by the related entities and the generation of own knowledge that allows comparing the information evaluated.
INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SECTORIAL STUDIES
IMPACT ON ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC POLICIES
Provide technical elements for public policies formulation related to surface water and groundwater, soil, subsoil and air that contribute to the construction of environmental democracy.
This is achieved through cooperation in judicial actions, generation of technical documents for public discussion, participation in policy-making spaces and evaluation of environmental instruments (licensing, subtraction of protected areas, among others), territorial planning instruments (POT, POMCA, among others); and ethnic (Life plans, prior consultations, among others).
To spread geo-environmental information to communities, institutions, academia and other interested groups.
It is done through the participation and organization of forums, symposia and congresses, the execution of theoretical-practical workshops on water quality and quantity, and the training of journalists, officials and other people interested in environmental issues.
The goal is to strengthen the knowledge and protection of the territories and the dissemination of adequate technical information.