Target: The Ministry of the Environment and Development of Colombia
Goal: Protect an irreplaceable yet unmanaged forest reserve from destruction.
An international science journal recently published a detailed report listing the most ‘irreplaceable’ areas in the world. The Paramo de Urrao National Protective Forest Reserve in Columbia was on this list, but there is one major problem: this park does not really exist as a protected entity. Please urge the Ministry of the Environment and Development of Columbia to properly manage this irreplaceable biodiversity hotspot.
The expert international team who wrote the report assessed 173,461 regions and 21,419 threatened species, to identify the regions that were most essential to the survival of biodiversity. Many of these regions are severely lacking in basic protection and management schemes. Some, including the Paramo de Urrao National Protective Forest Reserve, are considered to be ‘paper parks’, which exist in name alone and have no on-the-ground management.
Although many countries, including Columbia, have worked hard to create and maintain protected areas, significant gaps exist. In order to fill these gaps, proper investment and management plans that help reduce biodiversity loss must be adopted and implemented. This new report provides countries with a pragmatic tool to help them decide where scarce resources should be allocated.
The Paramo de Urrao National Protective Forest Reserve in Columbia is vital to the survival of hundreds of species and must be properly managed and protected by Colombia’s Ministry of the Environment and Development. By signing the petition, below you are helping to protect an area of Columbia that is vital to global biodiversity.
Dear Ministry of the Environment and Development of Colombia,
As the recent IUCN study in Science reports, the Paramo de Urrao National Protective Forest Reserve is one of the most ‘irreplaceable’ areas in the world. Because of its incredible biodiversity, the protection of this unique area is vital to the survival of hundreds of threatened species. However, it has been reported that a lack of investment and management may be limiting the potential for this ‘protected’ area to support its threatened species.
The purpose of the IUCN study was to provide strategic guidance on how and where to allocate scare funding to best meet worldwide biodiversity conservation goals. The Paramo de Urrao National Protective Forest Reserve is a critical hotspot that should be protected with the utmost diligence to prevent species extinctions. Additionally, the report suggests that expansion of national parks, as exemplified by your historic expansion of Serranía de Chiribiquete, should be performed in concert with management and investment initiatives. Improved management of Paramo de Urrao could protect hundreds of Columbia’s indigenous species from extinction.
I urge you to consider investing in the operational effectiveness of the Paramo de Urrao National Protective Forest Reserve and similar protected areas.
[Your Name Here]
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