Tuesday, September 21, 2021

UN declares Colombian park a World Heritage Site

An undated handout photo made available by UNESCO on 01 July 2018 shows a view of the Chiribiquete National Park, Colombia. Chiribiquete National Park ñ The Maloca of the Jaguar was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage site duirng the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee that takes place in Manama, Bahrain from 24 June to 01 July 2018. (Bahrein) EFE

Bogota, Jul 1 (EFE).- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Sunday hailed the decision by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Educational Organization (UNESCO) to include the Andean nation’s Chiribiquete National Park in the list of World Heritage Sites.

“Great news for Colombia! UNESCO has named Chiribiquete a natural and cultural World Heritage Site,” Santos wrote on Twitter.

The president noted that he was set on Monday to visit Cerro Azul in the Lindosa mountain range, near the park.

Santos will formalize the expansion of the protected area by nearly 1.5 million hectares (3.7 million acres) to almost 4.3 million hectares (10.6 million acres).

The expansion of the park is meant to conserve the region’s biodiversity as well as mitigate the effects of climate change to ensure a reliable water supply for indigenous farming communities in the Orinoco and Amazon river basins.

Chiribiquete is home to the world’s largest number of cave paintings, with 50 panels averaging 7 meters (23 feet) in height and more than 75,000 individual paintings dating back upwards of 20,000 years.