There are 1,178 plants and 395 animals on the edge of extinction in Colombia

Recently at the Museum La Salle was held a conference on endangered species in Colombia . Despite the environmental disaster, Colombia is still within the megadiverse countries.

Out of the 35,476 species of wildlife that live in Colombia, 395 are threatened, the total of 27,881 plant species, 1,178 are threatened.

In the event, the expert Gonzalo Andrade, a member of number Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences, presented the results of different studies that have addressed this issue.

The speaker gave a summary of the most relevant findings, showing a range of data and conclusions in order to raise the participants and promote actions for the conservation of species that have Colombia as mega diverse country.

Currently “no environmental degradation is causing unprecedented global change, ecosystem destruction, species extinction, depletion of natural resources, pollution of water, soil, air and emerging diseases affecting all forms of life, this crisis environment that threatens mankind is causing social insecurity, economic fragility, migration, human displacement and conflict over access to resources.”

“It is necessary to control the devastation of the moors and wetlands and mining stocks in conservation areas of the country. It can not override the economic and commercial interests of the importance of this protection and / or declaration of protected areas, “says Gonzalo Miguel Andrade.

Impairment threatening

The figures on the wealth of fauna and flora that Colombia presents both its mainland and the sea, places it in a privileged place among the richest countries in the world.

But of the 35,476 species of wildlife that live in Colombia, 395 are threatened and 27,881 plant species, 1,178 have the same problem.

The deterioration is increasing. The figures are overwhelming. “Of the 80 million hectares of Act 2 of 1959 originally established to preserve the date only 65 million are still valid, ie remaining 80% of forests under this category. There have been about 14 million hectares of abduction and not even understand why they continue to authorize the removal of protected areas and worse, under what criteria endorse these requests, “Andrade said.

He adds that “between 1987 and 2002 the rate of deforestation was 221,000 hectares per year and the estimated loss is 3,315,135 hectares in total for the period. It is necessary to control the devastation of the moors and wetlands and mining stocks in conservation areas of the country.”

Source | http://www.radiosantafe.com

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