Target: Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy
Goal: Prevent extensive habitat loss upon completion of massive dam project
Scientists may not have long to observe the newly discovered Antioquia wren. Spotted and documented for the first time in 2010, the bird is found along the Cauca river and the surrounding Ituango forest. Sadly, a hydroelectric project currently underway threatens to destroy the majority of the habitat crucial to its survival. Colombia’s energy ministry must recognize the potential for massive habitat and species destruction poised to befall this ecosystem.
If completed, the dam would become Colombia’s largest and have a capacity of 2,400 megawatts. The lead researcher of the newly discovered wren, and colleagues from the National University of Colombia, note that the dam would flood the northern part of Antioquia wren habitat, an area known to be its best chance for survival. In addition, several species of endangered birds, including the military macaw and recurve-billed bushbird, dwell in these forests.
Habitat loss is already a devastating reality in this region due to the growing mining industry, frail tourism infrastructure and widespread agricultural deforestation. As the ecosystem disappears, so does the rich biodiversity along with it. Species with an unknown importance to the vitality of the greater ecosystem, could still remain unknown in these vanishing forests.
Colombia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy must reconsider its plans to destroy much of the Ituango forest as it is already a very delicate habitat. Further compromising the natural ecological balance may be a final, fatal blow for the flora and fauna of the area. Sign this petition and demand that environmental protection is prioritized before completion of the dam.
Dear Ministry of Mines and Energy,
The impending completion of the Ituango Dam stands to severely affect the surrounding environment. Recently, a team from a Colombian university discovered a new bird species (Antioquia wren) in this area and have been documenting its activities very closely. One thing that is known for sure already, the forests that will be flooded by the dam are crucial to its survival.
Other bird species living in this habitat are currently listed as vulnerable or endangered. Furthermore, the dry forest habitat across your whole country is vanishing and this would be yet another area relinquished to the fate of industrial development.
Before completing the massive dam, I urge you and your ministry to make sincere strides in attempting to protect the environment surrounding this project to ensure ecological health is maintained, and the future of birds like the Antioquia wren are not lost forever.
[Your Name Here]