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Protection of the Serranía de Chiribiquete National Park

Permanent protection of the Serranía de Chiribiquete National Park in the heart of the Colombian Amazon.

Chiribiquete National Park, Colombia, by Rob Muir
Serranía de Chiribiquete National Park

Serranía de Chiribiquete National Park is located in the heart of the Colombian Amazon. Table mountains up to 1,000 metres rise up from the surrounding rainforests. Along the Caquetá River and in the surroundings of Chiribiquete are other large protected areas with pristine wilderness. Together they form a large network of different habitats with a particularly high biodiversity. The area is almost inaccessible and largely unexplored.

The pressure on the park, especially at the borders, is constantly increasing due to settlement and agriculture. Especially in the west of the protected area, large, natural forest areas are disappearing at a rapid pace in favour of cattle farms and coca plantations.

Gold mining is also a serious threat to the landscape along the Caquetá river, which includes three other national parks in addition to Chiribiquete. Large pumps extract sediment from rivers. Mercury is used to bind the precious metal from the river sediment, which is then evaporated and enters the food chain.

Since 2014, FZS has supported the Colombian Protected Area Authority PNNC and indigenous associations in protecting the Caquetá River landscape. We support the park management with strategic planning activities and the rangers with equipment.

 

For example, we finance members of the  community of Cahuinarí National Park enabling them to carry out patrols. The community patrols provide for more safety in the national park and also help to control the nesting beaches of the giant river turtle (Podocenmis expansa).

What we do to support the Chiribiquete landscape

  • Support for the Colombian Protected Area Authority PNNC with planning, equipment and environmental education
  • Financial support for the communitys of the Cahuinarí National Park to carry out patrols
  • Monitoring and protection of giant river turtles together with the indigenous population
  • Support for the nomination of the Chiribiquete National Park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; recognition as Wolrd Heritage Site in June 2018
  • Since 2017 FZS project manager on site