Friends and colleagues,
WWF-Colombia has great news to share. On June 23, the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group signed a bilateral cease fire agreement. It is a moment to reflect on the future of the country’s exceptional biodiversity in a post conflict society. We also launched a new project together with FAO, EU, Parks and other partners to strengthen governance in and around Colombia’s protected areas. We congratulate the city of Monteria that won the title of National Earth Hour Capital for the third year in a row and we are pleased present 3 music videos made with young people along the Pacific and Caribbean to support marine protected areas and conservation. Finally, WWF published two important documents on climate change adaptation in the Nariño department and in Sanquianga and Gorgona National Parks.
Enjoy the reading,
Mary Lou Higgins
On June 23 Colombia’s government and the FARC guerrilla group made history: they reached an agreement on bilateral ceasefire, putting an end to a five decades long war. Over this years, nature suffered, communities felt a huge impact and to work in conservation, with boots on the ground, became a dangerous task. Now that peace is a reality, WWF-Colombia calls the country to follow the path of sustainable development, of biodiversity, of green economy to have solid basis. This is how peace will be built.
On June 29 the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security program was launched in Bogotá. The work will be focused in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Catatumbo-Barí, Cocuy, La Paya, Nevado del Huila and the Acandí Wildlife Sanctuary. WWF-Colombia is one of nine organization that will work on this Project, which will be coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
For the third year in a row, Monteria won the title of National Earth Hour Capital. WWF’s City Challenge recognized the Cordoba department’s capital as a model for climate action. Monteria has plans to reduce 20% its emissions with investments in infrastructure, sustainable transportation and reducing energy consumption.
It is a powerful cocktail: protected marine areas, mangroves, species and oceans on one side. On the other side, dancehall, hip hop, reggae and traditional Colombian rhythms. And on top of it, 81 kids from Nuqui, in the Pacific Ocean, San Bernardo del Viento and San Andres in the Caribbean. ¿The outcome? Three catchy songs that pay a moving tribute to marine ecosystems and the services they provide.
WWF-Colombia released two important documents on climate change in the southern Pacific. The first one is the Territorial plan for climate adaptation in the Nariño department, which aims to know and to measure the vulnerability to climate change, as well as proposing policies and models of sustainable development to face the situation. We also published Changing tides: Climate Adaptation Methodology for Protected Areas Coastal and Marine (CAMPA) that provides practical and scientifically sound guidance to facilitate climate change vulnerability assessments of coastal and marine protected areas. In Colombia, the research was focused in the Gorgona and Sanquinaga National Parks.