Success story of the day: Coralina
Government AgencyStory featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication
ActionBased on a participatory process and with an ecosystem approach, the Seaflower Marine Protected Area (MPA) was created in 2005 thanks to the leadership of Coralina – the Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Old Providence and Santa Catalina , a department of Colombia in the Caribbean – and the support of the local and national governments. Seaflower is the largest MPA in the Great Caribbean and one of the largest on the planet. Important financial resources from the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank have been allocated to implement the MPA Management Plan, and ensure its sustainability. Seaflower has been nominated to become a World Heritage Site.
Coralina’s action focuses on environmental planning, management and research, and conservation in the Archipelago. Coralina has implemented the first phase of the recovery plan for the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas), which faces the threat of commercialisation in the Caribbean, and protected a vast territory which includes deep waters at important sites for trophic chains, flows, genetic and ecological connectivity and larval dispersal. The agency also works to raise local awareness of the conservation and sustainable use of coastal-marine resources and to empower and engage local communities and institutions in their co-management.
- Article “2010 IYB: Persistence and a Clear Vision Mark the Way Forward for the Caribbean’s Largest Marine Protected Area”
- Article “Providential outcome” in Nature, vol.451, January 2008 (pdf)
- Watch a video on Saving the Seaflower conch
Photo: A bird (Pheuthicus Leudovicianus) in the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina © Coralina