San Pedro Island, in Lake Tota, will be declared a protected area

The Minambiente team, IDEAM, CAR Cundinamarca and Corpoboyacá took 11 water quality samples at various points in this ecosystem.  Photo: Minambiente The Minambiente team, IDEAM, CAR Cundinamarca and Corpoboyacá took 11 water quality samples at various points in this ecosystem. Photo: Minambiente

In order to preserve its ecological wealth, the island of San Pedro, in Lake Tota, approximately 200 km northwest of Bogotá, will be declared a protected area by the Autonomous Regional Corporation of Boyacá (Corpoboyacá) and the Mayor’s Office of Aquitania .

“From the Regional System of Protected Areas of Corpoboyacá we recognize the importance of strengthening the Municipal System of Protected Areas of Aquitaine, working for two months so that the island of San Pedro is constituted as a protected area of ​​municipal order ”, assured Herman Amaya, Director of Corpoboyacá.

Amaya also assured that, with this decision, it will contribute to favor the integrity of the ecosystem, since declaring the island as a protected area will give way to the channeling of investment by the municipality and the corporation to carrying out projects for ecological restoration, research and strengthening of nature tourism.

The decision may “generate soil zoning processes, establish ecological restoration processes and generate dynamics associated with ecotourism, we hope that in the future this island will become a Sanctuary of Flora and Fauna”, added Amaya.

The director of the entity also explained that now they will work on establishing a work plan that allows them to identify strategies related to conservation, public and sustainable development uses, all to make the island of San Pedro del Lago de Tota a place with great potential in biodiversity.

Photo: Corpoboyacá Photo: Corpoboyacá

Planting 13 thousand trees

Amaya, director of Corpoboyacá, highlighted the final process of planting 13 thousand trees that, together with the community, they were planted around Lake Tota to restore the native covers near the ecosystem.

Among the planted species are trees that belong to Andean and high Andean forest ecosystems such as: oak, black cedar, arrayan, mortiño, hayuelo, among others that generate food production for the birds that inhabit the place, the entity reported.

The official also made an accompanying visit to see the progress of the construction of the wastewater treatment plant. The visit was guided by Mayor Héctor Orlando Barrera, officials from the Aquitaine environmental area and the Regional System of Protected Areas.

Photo: Corpoboyacá Photo: Corpoboyacá

Faced with a complaint of excess lead in Lake Tota, authorities advance sampling in the area

On November 4, the Fourth Sectional Prosecutor’s Office of Tunja presented an expert report which revealed levels of lead toxic for human consumption in Lake Tota.

Faced with this, Diego Fernando Trujillo Marín, Deputy Attorney for Environmental and Agrarian Affairs, and Alicia López Alfonso, 32nd Judicial Agrarian and Environmental Attorney of Boyacá, asked suspend the supply of water for human consumption that is derived from Lake Tota to the municipalities of Sogamoso, Nobsa, Aquitania, Iza, Tota, Cuítiva and Firavitoba, in the department of Boyacá.

The Ministry of Environment, Ideam, CAR Cundinamarca and Corpoboyacá began visits to the water reserve, in order to carry out new analyzes.

The director of Integral Management of the Minambiente Water Resources, Fabián Caicedo, assured that the necessary measures are being taken and all the processes are being carried out to review the information obtained from the samples. Which in turn will allow the roadmap to be drawn with solutions in the medium and long term.


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