An Unlikely Wetland Success Story

A community on the northwest border of Bogotá launched a concerted campaign to defend the Conejera wetland against a city and business sector that saw it as disposable. The success of their efforts launched a long-standing community movement of wetland defenders in an otherwise urbanized city, where 98% of its original wetlands have been wiped out. The movement also helped foster a generation of conservationists, many of whom would go on to work with other wetlands, or to influence environmental policy as public servants or elected officials. As a result of their efforts the Colombian capital’s 15 official wetlands that cover about 727 hectares (1,800 acres) became home to dozens of endemic species (including 202 species of birds).


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