A Journey with Mangrove and the Flamingos of Riohacha

Problem Statement

The mangrove and flamingo habitat in the Riohacha region faces threats due to climate change, habitat loss, pollution, and mining activities, endangering the ecosystem's biodiversity.

Target Group

The primary beneficiaries include the Afro-Colombian communities of Perico and Camarones, whose livelihoods depend on the mangrove ecosystem, along with local tourists and visitors interested in sustainable ecotourism.

Proposed Solution

The initiative aims to conserve mangroves, protect flamingos, and promote ecotourism. The proposed solution involves mangrove reforestation, ecosystem restoration, and community-based ecotourism programs.

Hub Activities

  • Mangrove reforestation through establishing a nursery.

  • Collaborative efforts with "Perlaguaneque" for ecotourism. Environmental education programs in local schools.

  • Solid waste management initiatives on coastal areas.

  • Utilization of "Pacas Digestoras" for organic waste transformation.

Short and Long-Term Goals

Short-term goals encompass significant mangrove restoration, successful ecotourism implementation, and local community engagement.

Long-term aspirations include sustainable economic opportunities, a thriving mangrove ecosystem, and increased environmental awareness.

Available Metrics

Metrics include the number of mangroves planted, the growth rate of the reforested areas, increase in ecotourism revenue, reduction in solid waste, and the number of community members engaged in conservation activities.

Project Collaborators

"Perlaguaneque" for ecotourism operations.

University of La Guajira for scientific expertise.

Bambalinas Foundation for financial management.

Association of Biologists of the University of the Atlantic (ABIUDEA) for research and environmental education.

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