Colombia designates its 6th Ramsar Site

Colombia designates its 6th Ramsar Site

27 April 2015
Colombia

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Photo credit: Ministry of Environment of Colombia

The government of Colombia has designated Complejo de Humedales de la Estrella Fluvial Inírida (250,158 ha; 3o49’19”N 67o51’30”W) in the Guainía Department as its 6th Ramsar Site (No. 2217). This Site is located in the Orinoco–Amazon transition zone. It comprises the confluence zones of the rivers Inírida-Guaviare, Guaviare-Atabapo and Guaviare-Ventuari, which join the Orinoco River. This is a unique area as its flooded forests belong to the Amazon biome while its ‘whitewater’, ‘blackwater’ and ‘clearwater’ hydrological ecosystems are characteristic of the Orinoco River. Due to its unique location, it holds several threatened or endangered species, as well as endemic species of the Orinoco basin. It also supports 476 fish species (50% of the fish species of the Orinoco Basin and 34% of the country’s species), 200 species of mammals, 903 of plants, and 324 species of birds. The Site also has important cultural values for the indigenous communities that live in the area and depend on it for their livelihoods. For more information, visit: https://rsis.ramsar.org/