PBI-Colombia accompanies CREDHOS on inspection visit to Ciénaga Pajaral, a lake in environmental stress

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On July 14, CREDHOS tweeted: “Credhos makes an inspection visit to the Ciénaga Pajaral with the Corporación Autónoma Regional del Sur de Bolivar (CSB) in defense of the Ciénaga in the Municipality of Cantagallo, within the framework of the Popular Action established by the Corporation.”

Ciénaga Pajaral is a lake (also referred to as a wetland or swamp) in the Magdalena Medio region.

Cantagallo is situated in the department of Bolívar in northern Colombia.

And the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Southern Bolívar (CSB) is an entity in charge of managing the environment and natural resources in that area.

In February, Vanguardia reported on the Ciénaga Pajaral this article: They ask for attention for the Pajaral swamp, in Bolívar.

That article reported:

A call for national authorities to put their eyes on the Pajaral swamp made the communities of Cantagallo, south of Bolívar.

And it is that at least 500 families in the area based their livelihood on this water mirror, but today the reality is very different.

According to leaders of the area, the first step that must be taken is to carry out environmental studies for its recovery, since work carried out by third parties on the banks of the Cimitarra River considerably affected the swamp.

“The swamp previously had an area of ​​more than 8,000 square meters, but today we are affected by almost 80% of it.

More than 300 families of artisanal fishermen from Cantagallo were left without food. That is why Bolívar’s environmental authority must design a project for its recovery,” said Jhon Salas, spokesman for the fishing community.

That article can be read in Spanish here.

PBI-Colombia has accompanied CREDHOS since 1994.

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