Thursday, June 10, 2010

Seaflower Biosphere Reserve

On the 9th of November, 2000, UNESCO declared the Archipelago of San Andres, Old Providence and Santa Catalina a new Natural Heritage site, naming it the SEAFLOWER BIOSPHERE RESERVE. As such it is one of 391 ecological zones of this type on the planet.

There are three main purposes of the reserve:
First, is to converse the landscape, ecosystem, species and the genetic variation of the area. Second, is to encourage sustainable economic and human development, while maintaining the sociocultural roots and ecological stability of the region. Finally, the reserve is to provide logistic support to demonstration projects and educational endeavors on islands with relation to conservation and sustainable development.



Here is a government video about the Reserve in Spanish:


Here is a tourist video in English:




Learn more about the Colombian Agency assigned to oversee the Biosphere Reserve here:
http://www.coralina.gov.co/intranet/

You can read a report evaluating the Reserve's first five years here:
http://www.unesco.org/csi/smis/siv/Caribbean/San_actEnvEd_Seaflower2000-2005%20.pdf

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