A private initiative in response to contribute to improving the economic and socio-environmental conditions of coastal areas of Colombia.

Who are we?

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS (PROAMBIENTALES) is an organization that promotes awareness and conservation of biological and cultural diversity in the Colombian coasts, islands and marine areas. PROAMBIENTALES designs, manages and implements sustainable environmental projects, which contribute to strengthening adaptation strategies in these areas. In this way it seeks to highlight the importance of coasts, islands and marine areas for sustainable development. We are professionals with large experiences in marine sciences, social sciences, anthropology, geology and environmental communications.

What is our project?

In order to promote these objectives, PROAMBIENTALES has designed The COLOMBIAN COASTS EXPEDITION Project. A private initiative in response to contribute to improving the economic and socio-environmental conditions of coastal areas of the country. This project will last for six years, making tours of the coastal areas of the 12 Colombian coastal departments, both the Caribbean and Pacific, alternating between them, and possibly covering two coastal departments per year. It is intended to incorporate the latest technologies in the field of information and strategic communication, and the formulation of productive projects and environmental services, to publicize the cultural and natural diversity of Colombia and its threats. Complementary to the project we have designed some environmental services programs to support Green Economy, health campaigns and safe drinking water initiatives. Finally the project aims to showcase cultural attributes, biodiversity and sustainable business opportunities of each region in a travelling trade show that will be presented nationally and internationally in the years ahead. We need the help of international people who is interesting in develop of the poor countries, that allow growth of communities without them emigrate other countries. The best investment of the develop world is in environment, develop and economic solutions for native people. We think that the best places to live are in our own region and country, and this project allows this aim. Your contribution is for build a new private initiative.

What the money is for?

The first Coasts of Colombia will be along the coast of La Guajira, which has 650 km of coastline, four coastal municipalities, more than 500,000 inhabitants, the largest indigenous population in Colombia and 80% of Colombia’s sea grasses. In La Guajira we will collect samples of cultural and biological diversity and disseminate this important knowledge at national and international level. This expedition will highlight natural and social wealth to support ecosystems restoration initiatives in the region. The material collected will serve to further studies and research on cultural ecology and contribute to local restoration plans of coastal and marine ecosystems, environmental risks plans in coastal areas and conservation programs for endangered species. 

Our goal is £ 44.000 to 110,000. We seek to obtain financial resources through crowfunding only to cover operating costs of the field phase that can last 20 to 30 days, which we will finance the costs of travel, field logistics , accommodation, food staff , field guides , materials , insurance, equipment rental, and develop until five programs in La Guajira expedition.  For more information please view the document achieve in this site, or visit our page www.expedicioncostas.com or write to gerencia@proambientales.com.co

Objetive

To explore La Guajira, collect samples of cultural and biological diversity and disseminate this important knowledge at national and international level. This expedition will highlight natural and social wealth to support ecosystems restoration initiatives in the region. The material collected will serve to further studies and research on cultural ecology and contribute to local restoration plans of coastal and marine ecosystems, environmental risks plan in coastal areas, and conservation programmes for endangered species.

Metodology

• Field visit for collecting primary information • Surveys and interviews with villagers • Visit the institutions and regional authorities • Capturing images (water, land and air) • Community workshops • Bank environmental priority projects • Characterisation of marine and coastal ecosystems, endangered species, and cultural systems strategically adapted to coastal and marine areas • Presentation of experiences

Places to visit  

URIBIA • Bahía Cosinetas, Castilletes, Puerto López, PNN Macuira, Punta Espada, Nazareth, Puerto Estrella, Punta Gallinas, Bahía Hondita, Bahía Honda, Bahía Portete, Cabo de la Vela. MANAURE • Manaure, DMI Musichi, Mayapo. RIOHACHA • Riohacha, Camarones, SFF Los Flamencos. DIBULLA • Dibulla, Río Cañas, Palomino

Date

December 1- 20th 2016

Activities to develop

1. Taking images of the most important cultural and natural sites both (photography and video), which will serve as material for a scientific and cultural documentary  2. Workshops on environmental education to protect natural resources, water and adaptive culture. 3. Guided Eco-Tourism: accommodation offer, routes, tours, attractions, roads, facilities for national and international tourists. 4. Description of coastal and marine ecosystems of La Guajira coast: Photos, videos, guide. 5. Description of the cultural diversity of the region: population, customs, cuisine, economy, technology, infrastructure, art, music, folklore, symbolic world, and adaptive strategies. 6. General recognition of the 13 areas prioritized by the Ministry of Environment and INVEMAR with potential for ecological restoration of coastal and marine ecosystems in the region. 7. Fast Evaluation of environmental threats and risks to both people and natural systems in the area.

Special products

1. Social and environmental characterisation report 2. Social and economic characterisation report of people of La Guajira's coast 3. Diagnostic of environmental threads and risks due to erosion, rising sea levels, loss of strategic marine ecosystems 4. Colombian Coasts documentary 5. Luxury format book - special edition book (full colour): Biological and cultural diversity of the coast of La Guajira. 6. Regional almanac 2017. 7. 2017 Calendar and diary. 8. Special agenda Colombian Coast (1st edition) La Guajira 2017. 9. Banners, posters and exhibition material to promote the region and sponsors. 

About the team

GENERAL PROJECT COORDINATION: CARLOS PINILLA GONZALEZ, Marine Biologist, Master in Social Development Projects, Diploma in Social Anthropology and PhD in Environment. He has been coordinator of the COLCIENCIAS Sea Programme, Administrative Director at INVEMAR, consultant, lecturer in environmental management at the North University, and he is currently the General Manager of PROAMBIENTALES. He has designed and managed socio environmental projects in the coastal areas, participated in projects of integrated coastal zone management and studied the cultures of Colombian coasts. For more than 30 years, his interest in cultural ecology has been alternated with administration and management for national and international cooperation, research, conservation and protection of marine and coastal areas.

SCIENTIFIC COORDINATION: It will be conducted by the Institute of Marine and Coastal Research INVEMAR, main centre for marine research in Colombia and one of the most important in Latin America, with over 45 years experience in studies of marine biodiversity, ecological restoration programmes, coastal and marine management programmes and policies.

AUDIOVISUAL DIRECTION: MAURICIO "PATO" SALCEDO and MPS FILMS. Mauricio is Social Communicator with emphasis on journalism, Master in Philosophy of Science (specialising in Science Communication), and a diploma in science dissemination. He studied film and photography is cameraman, photographer and video editor. He was columnist for News Caracol on environmental issues, and currently he is communications advisor for Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He has received awards such as the National Prize of Journalism Simon Bolivar in 2013 and 2000, AMWAY Award for Environmental Journalism in 2012 and 2001, Environmental Responsibility Award Sustainable America in 2011, and National Award for Environmental Journalism Unilever Andina, 2000.

COMMERCIAL COORDINATION: VICKY BARTOLI, Interior designer, Diploma in management and project management. Expert in business management and communications. Commercial director and public relations for GTE Plasmavision Colombia, Polyvision Technology, Brand Neurofeedback, ACODRES, ACOLAP, CORPARQUES Chamber of Commerce Brand, ZKILL, MERCK SHARP Laboratories, Portobello Design Centre, Cinema Odeon, MAPFRE Foundation Spain, International Teleamiga, CEID Colombia, Colombian Society of Urology, Colombian Vascular Society, Arquetipo LTDA.

OPERATIONAL AND TECHNICAL COORDINATION: SIMÓN RODRÍGUEZ SATIZÁBAL, Marine Biologist, MSc in Marine Science with experience in formulation and design of marine projects, environmental consultant, specialist in toxicity tests on marine organisms.

ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION: CATALINA GOMEZ, Marine Biologist, Cand. MsC in Marine Sciences, experts in restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems in Colombia.

COORDINATION IN DESIGNS AND DIGITAL MEDIA: carried out by IDLAB MOUSTACHE, directed by JULIAN PRECIADO Graphic Designer and Advertiser ALEJANDRA PUERTO, creators of strategic brands and business portals in Colombia. Supported by ANDREA LUCIA PINILLA (Industrial Designer) and CARLOS FELIPE VIEDA (Advertiser) from IngBRANDS.

ECOLOGY CULTURAL ADVISOR: DR. PEDRO TOME MARTÍN, Anthropologist, Ph.D. in ecological anthropology, researcher at the CSIC (Higher Council for Scientific Research) of Spain where he leads the Magazine Dialectology and Popular Traditions. Consultant, researcher (numerous projects and studies on European and Latin American cultures), and professor at the University of Salamanca. Author of books such as Ecological Anthropology, Between Worlds, Intercultural Processes between Mexico and Spain, Among Relatives, Case studies in Mexico and Spain, Regions and Borders. Author of numerous scientific articles in professional journals. He was director of the doctoral thesis "Ecology of some amphibious cultures in Colombia. Human adaptation in coastal areas of the Pacific and Colombian Caribbean".

INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS: MARIA CONSUELO PAEZ, Industrial Engineering, Physics, Magister in Sustainability, she is currently advisor at the British and Colombian Chamber of Commerce. BEN HUDSON, Project Coordinator of London Sustainability Exchange, a holistic environmental ‘think and do tank’. Ben is responsible for strategic partnerships, fundraising and managing a range of sustainability and behaviour change projects.

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT: We employ professionals, technicians and operators in different biological, ecological, social, cultural, economic, administrative, logistical areas, who will support the Project.