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Colombia fosters better use of fishery resources

Staff Writer | September 15, 2017
The Colombian Government has declared the protection to further 4.5 million marine hectares, seeking to foster the development of sustainable and responsible fishing.
Juan Manuel Santos
Fish   4.5 million marine hectares
The protected area totals more than 28 million hectares in which different species and inland water and marine ecosystems live, something included in the natural heritage of Colombia.

President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos said at a ceremony in the Bay of Malaga, in western department of Valle del Cauca with coast to the Pacific Ocean, that the protection to this area fulfills in advance the environmental goal set for these four year-period.

Santos said that with this measure Colombia is abiding by the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The President added that Colombia also fulfilled the goal of protecting and using seas in a sustainable manner, as set by the Sustainable Development Goals.

Santos was accompanied by Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Luis Gilberto Murillo and director of National Natural Parks of Colombia Julia Miranda.

Colombia is considered the country with most biodiversity in the world, following Brazil.