The event was attended by the Vice Minister of Territorial Environmental Planning, Nicholas Galarza, National Parks officials and the Humdoldt Institute.
A total of 20 localities were allocated in La Guajira for bird watching.
This One 14 Global Big Day was held in May, the sighting event, world's largest bird count and registration, which is done from 2015 to raise awareness about the importance and conservation of birds and the risk that threatens them; also encourage the construction of collective knowledge on this subject and its dissemination in digital media.
Samuel Lanao Robles, General Manager Corpoguajira, explained that together with the Vice Minister of Territorial Environmental Planning, Nicolás Galarza and National Parks officials and the Humdoldt Institute, participated in the conference at the Los Flamencos Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, “This event opens up a great opportunity for us to diversify our economy by strengthening nature tourism; a region that we are supporting from the Corporation through the strengthening of green business companies that are dedicated to this activity. In the same way, I highlight the work for the conservation of birds, such as the expansion of the declaration of our protected areas, as well as planting the two million trees that we are doing throughout the Department, among other actions.
The official specified that a total of 20 localities were allocated in La Guajira so that experts and amateurs met to observe birds and share the data obtained in
the eBird platform, in which the statistics that define the countries and regions with the highest number of registered species are accumulated.
Additionally, he pointed out that the previous year, en el Global Big Day, La Guajira ranked eighth in the country, with 269 recorded bird species, “We are waiting for the results of this year, which we will know in the course of the week. In this important count we hope to stand out in the first place in the Caribbean and in prominent positions at the national level., since we have all the potential to achieve it”, added.
Meanwhile, Nicholas Galarza, Vice Minister of Environmental Planning of the Territory, noted that these events are also essential to raise awareness in the community, "We are making visible the natural heritage that La Guajira has, It is a great potential that is being preserved. We feel very satisfied with the day that we have carried out with the participation of the indigenous communities that are also very committed to the processes of protecting fauna in this territory”.
It should be noted that Colombia is a world power in birds; the number of species registered in the country exceeds 1.900, of which about 700 can be found in La Guajira.
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