For the fourth year in a row the ColomBIOdiversidad festival was held in Bogotá, Medellín and Tulua from 17th-23nd May to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity.
The aim ? Raise Colombians’ awareness of their country’s extraordinary biodiversity and encourage them to act to protect their environment. The festival consisted in 49 different activities happening across 20 different sites. In total almost 2,387 people took part in the events themselves with exhibition visitor numbers reaching 200.000. The festival was resourced by 25 partners and 6 financial supporters
The photo exhibitions were a huge success, notably the exhibition comparing Colombian with French national parks. The French films “En Quête de Sens” and “Demain” were particularly well appreciated. Ariel Arango Prada, director of the film “Sangre y Terra”, attended the screening of his documentary covering the indigenous rights of those in the Cauca region, presenting his film and answering questions from the public.
The conferences were fascinating, 32 different presenters shared their knowledge including a rare appearance from Hervé Le Treut, the French climatologist from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Lastly, as in each previous year, the children’s’ activities and visit to the wetlands of Santa Maria del Lago were again very popular.
The slogan competitions “The mountains are telling us something” in Bogotá and “The Mammals are telling us something” in Medellín, together with the photo competition drew 1,800 contestants.
Media coverage of the festival was significant with over 40 press articles ( El Tiempo, El Espectador, Semana Magazine..), 23,200 social media interactions, Facebook live broadcasts and sharing among numerous online groups.
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