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Humanities for the Environment Key Researcher Jorge Pulecio

Jorge Pulecio

Jorge Reinel Pulecio Yate is a Colombian economist, peace advocate and writer born in the Colombian Amazon. Obtaining his degree in economics from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and degrees from University of Campinas – Brazil and University of Andalucía –Spain, Pulecio worked as professor of economy at Universidad Nacional de Colombia for over two decades, publishing many articles concerning international economy. Among many political and administrative positions he served as an economy analyst for the The United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) until 2007, and as a secretary for the office of development for the mayor of Bogotá in 2012. Growing up in the rural areas of the Caquetá river region of Amazonia, in the early years of his political career he participated in the peasant and union movements during the 70’s and 80’s. As a Secretary of Education of the state of Caquetá during 1982-1983, Pulecio advocated for indigenous rights to education and the training of bilingual indigenous teachers for schools of Huitoto and Coreguaje indigenous nations. During the years 1978-1984 he created the first ecology group at the Universidad Surcolombiana, an environmental initiative that implemented reforestation in the banks of the Dedo and Yuca rivers neart Florencia-Caquetá. The publication of his collection of short stories Amor y guerra en el Amazonas (Love and War in the Amazon) in 2015, brought national attention to Pulecio as a talented writer. His book gives powerful testimonial accounts of kidnappings, massacres, assassinations and suffering experienced by Amazonians during the “dirty war”, a conflict that involved peasants, students, members of unions, drug dealers, paramilitary groups and the military forces during the 70’s and 80’s in the Caquetá area. In 1998 he was a candidate for the presidential election of Colombia representing the independent group Amazonia Viva Es Colombia Viva. Recently his work surrounds advocating for human rights in the Colombian Amazon during the process of peace and agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC. Pulecio is currently serving as director of the Peace Office at the Universidad de la Amazonia en Florencia Caquetá where he is implementing programs in education for peace and environmental justice in the Colombian Amazon.