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Iván Duque announces that 30% of the Colombian territory will be a protected area in 2022

EFE | THE COUNTRY | Galapagos (Ecuador)

The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, announced this Friday that 30% of the national territory of his country will be declared a protected area before his term ends in August.

“We have set our goal: 30% of the Colombian marine and surface territory will be a protected area before the end of my government on August 7 of this year,” he said while participating in a ceremony with which Ecuador inaugurated today a new marine reserve in around Galapagos.

The Colombian president expressed that with this announcement his country will advance to one of the goals set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

“We are going to anticipate the goal of 2030 by 8 years, and we will do it in 2022, the year of ecological conservation,” he stressed.

The new reserve that became official this Friday with the signing of an executive agreement by the Ecuadorian president, Guillermo Lasso, establishes a marine corridor between the Galapagos and the Costa Rican island of Coco, known as the “migravía” for being a place of passage of dozens of protected species.

At the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow (United Kingdom), held last November, the presidents of Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica signed an agreement to protect the corridor and advanced the establishment of an area of ​​tens of thousands of square kilometers to conserve unique species in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

“For us, having made that statement represented a message to the world: The largest marine protected area on the entire planet,” the Colombian president said today at the ceremony.

He also praised the decision taken by Lasso, which, according to him, shows that “while still trying to reach agreements, we have already reached an unprecedented agreement with four countries in this region.”

The Colombian leader insisted that protecting marine areas not only involves ensuring that they are not subject to exploitation, but also “guaranteeing the survival of more than 40% of marine species throughout the world.

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