Declaration and planning of a protected area in the El Sapo wetland complex, Nechi Basin, Antioquia
The “El Sapo” wetlands and surrounding forest are strategically important for the conservation of threatened ecosystems in the low Cauca river valley. The habitat of many species includes wetlands and surrounding forests, which have deteriorated in the last decades by non-sustainable productive system such as mining, cattle farming and overfishing. Fundacion Biodiversa Colombia is providing technical support for the establishment of a regional protected area to ensure the conservation of these wetlands in the low Cauca river valley. This project is based on a community work and its aim is to design a management plan in line with the purpose of the protected area and the needs of owners and local communities. This project is conducted in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and The regional environmental authority – Corantioquia.
Laura Agudelo. Social component and inter-institutional relations coordinator
Dafna Angel, MSc. Environmental component coordinator
Mauricio Sarmiento Pancho. GIS analysis researcher
María Camila Buitrago. Co-researcher
Erika Rippe. Co-researcher
Frankelina Zapata. Legal advisor