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From the Magdalena River to Puget Sound

Bob Carey, Strategic Partnership Director in Washington, spent two months in Colombia supporting development of the vision, strategies and capacity of the Magdalena River project, which focus on ensuring food, water and green infrastructure for millions of people.

The Magdalena River originates in the Andes Mountains and ends in the Caribbean Sea. This river stretches 930 miles and supports a phenomenal diversity of plants and animals; it is the economic lifeblood of 30 million Colombians.

Fishing for Bocachico in the traditional way, in a group working together to surround the fish with boats and nets on the Magdalena.

Both the Conservancy’s Puget Sound and Magdalena River projects are focused on increasing the ability of nature to provide food, clean water and a buffer against natural disasters.

Figuring out the Conservancy's role in the conservation of important watersheds at the Conservancy in Colombia’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Chingaza National Park outside of Bogota, Colombia is the main source of drinking water for Bogota’s 8 million people. The Nature Conservancy in Colombia is helping to protect this park, with similar goals as the Washington program has for protecting the Puget Sound watershed.

In both Colombia and Washington state, the Conservancy is working on replacing gray infrastructure such as concrete walls, dikes and levees, with more effective green infrastructure such as coral reefs, mangrove forests and wetlands – nature’s defenses which are much more effective at buffering shoreline communities from storms and flooding.


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