Environmental Week

From September 24th to 27th the 5th edition of the Environmental Week was celebrated in Mapiripán

The Poligrow Foundation organizes the Environmental Week together with Poligrow and a number of local and regional institutions in order to promote environmental conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources.

The central focus of this edition was the relationship between nature and the community. Due to its location just between the Orinoco and Amazon river basins, Mapiripán’s area is exceptionally rich in wild life, with a great variety of native species of flora anda fauna. Over the years, the exploitation of natural resources by local people has had negative impacts on the environment that may possibly be irreversible.

The Environmental Week is an opportunity to encourage a dialogue between Mapiripán’s people and local and regional actors that promote the dissemination of environmental best practices

The Environmental Movie Forum was organized exactly to gather the community and stimulate public discussion on the issue. The showing of the 3D movie “Animals United” led to an inclusive debate from which 15 proposals on environmental management emerged that are currently under scrutiny for implementation in the future.

The Environmental Week begun on September 24th with a door-to-door awareness campaign to inform citizens about the implementation of the Environmental Subpoena in Mapiripán (Municipal Agreement no. 024/2013). The importance of meeting common environmental responsibilites was recognized as people got aware of the solid waste regulation.

A parade of environmental floats made with recycled material was held during the second day of the Environmental Week. Participants alsoIMGP2388
prepared several banners encouraging people to adopt environmentally responsibe behaviour that were displayed all along the route of the parade. In the tird day three educational and consciousness-raising activities were organized in collaboration with Poligrow’s employees. In the Jorge Eliecer Gaitán School Poligrow’s environmental team explained the devastating effects on ecosystems of slash-and-burn techniques, which are widely used in Western Llanos region. A group of SENA trainees taught people about local native plants and their germination process in Mapiripán Sports Center, while Poligrow organized an exposition of the company’s herbarium. The third event was a training session on environmental issues held by Cormacarena for citizens and Poligrow’s empolyees.

The last day of activities was dedicated to a scavenger hunt in which participants had to find clues and solve puzzles linked to environmental matters. The winning team finished the hunt in only one hour and 17 minutes and members were awarded a gift basket each by Poligrow. More than 30 people took part to a drawing contest on nature theme during the afternoon. Participants, grouped according to age, used many different techniques to represent the regional flora and fauna in an artistic way. Three of them, chosen by the audience itself, were awarded a tablet each by Poligrow.

It was a special week indeed and we want to express a sincere word of thanks to everyone that, in a way or another, made it possible. From the Organizing Committee to any istitution, company and person that gave its time and talent to transform the Environmental Week in a success, once again.