Environmental training in Casanare

Colombia. April 25, 2022 – Together with ABC Colombia, Somos Territorio, GeoPark implemented Tejiendo Saberes (Weaving Knowledge); two days of environmental training for our neighboring communities in Tauramena and Villanueva municipalities in Casanare.

Through participative games GeoPark raised awareness among community members of environmental topics such as biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate change, and the investment and environmental compensation the company undertakes.

“This partnership with ABC Colombia, Somos Territorio is an important step in the Company’s objective of valuing natural resources and preserving the Social Environment,” GeoPark environmental manager Fabiola Peña said. As neighboring communities know more about GeoPark’s environmental protection actions and regulations, they will have more elements and tools to contribute effectively to environmental preservation, Peña continued.

Through this type of initiative, GeoPark reaffirms its commitment to the promotion of community leadership in environmental issues, as well as to implementing programs that contribute to the protection of the natural environment.

About our partner ABC Colombia, Somos Territorio (information taken from https://abccolombia.org/conozcanos/): ABC was founded in 2007 by people who came together with a shared the dream of contributing to their region. Although it was initially constituted as an environmental NGO, with the arrival of new people, experiences, questions and understanding, today ABC is a Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGOD), dedicated to conservation and territorial governance issues.

Since 2013 the organization has had its own offices, and has a team of over 25 professionals (some of them with PhDs, Master’s or specialization studies) with expertise in areas such as Political Science, Biology, Anthropology, Sociology, Agronomy, Psychology, Communication, audiovisual production, Public Administration, Environment, Forestry and Industrial Engineering.

With an interdisciplinary appproach the organization intervenes in territory along three lines of action: Conservation, Education and Communication. Having been acknowleged as an Articulating Organization of Natural Reserves of Civil Society, it also participates in SIRAP, the System of Protected Areas of the Orinoco.

The organization bears in mind the difficulties and challenges it faced at the outset as they serve as a reminder of where it came from, where it wants to go, what principles it wants to preserve, and the necesaary will and effort to move forward.