ColomBIOdiversidad is the largest biodiversity awareness raising event in Colombia. Each year, since 2014, the festival has featured a number of free-to-attend events promoting Colombian biodiversity. The festival aims to raise awareness among and involve as many citizens and organisations as possible in preserving biodiversity and protecting the environment.
Originally held in Medellin and Bogota the festival has run in Baranquilla since 2019 and will move to Cali from 2021. ColomBIOdiversidad is organised each ear to coincide with the International Day for Biological Diveristy (May 22nd) and around a central theme such as Seas and Oceans in 2020, Forests in 2019 or Water in 2018.
On the occasion of the 8th edition of the Festival and the 10 years of Envol Vert, ColomBIOdiversidad becomes SÚMAte al Bosque and extends to the city of Cali and to Peru!
An original approach
“To protect you must love, to love you must understand”.
It’s from this underlying principle that ColomBIOdiversidad has experimented with and adopted many different formats to reach as broad a public as possible:
Photography and public speaking competitions to build participation in sharing powerful messages about protecting biodiversity
Practical workshops to help festival participants take concrete action:
Sustainable cooking and making your own environmentally friendly hygiene products are just two examples of the steps towards preserving biodiversity which ColomBIOdiversidad participants can experience.
TED X conferences and citizen debates to spark dialogue
Sensory and audio journeys, yoga sessions and meditation to help discover from the inside the profound links between humanity, nature and the living
Concrete actions during the festival such as the “plantathons” to reforest damaged zones close to the town
Each year the festival rallies a large team of Colombian and French volunteers who give everything they have to make the events a success. The festival also depends on an extensive network of more than 50 partner organisations including: Colombian Universities and Institutes, NGOs, artists, businesses, top chefs, citizen groups and media who come together to raise awareness of preserving the biodiversity without which none of us can live.
I want to support the next edition of ColomBIOdiversidad
Citizens, businesses, organisations linked to themes of biodiversity and the environment; we can all do something to make ColomBIOdiversidad a rich and galvanising event!
Become a sponsor of the ColomBIOdiversidad festival. Thanks to my financial support I contribute to the event organisation, I strengthen my company’s societal and environmental engagement and I benefit from the significant national visibility the event enjoys !
Are you a French business currently or soon to be present in Colombia ? The ColomBIOdiversidad Festival is the ideal event to position your business in a positive, ecological environment of solidarity.
Each year, ColomBIOdiversidad receives multiple donations of prizes for competition winners from organisations which also offer their skills and expertise to help produce the Festival events. Can you offer some prizes for the competition winners? Are you a communications, advertising, production or translation agency? Lend your expertise to ColomBIOdiversidad and become an official Festival partner!
I want to sign up as a full-time volunteer to help run the Festival (spaces are limited, candidates undergo a selection process). If you live in Colombia, you can be a part-time volunteer for a few hours a week or just during the Festival.
Colombia is one of the so-called “megadiverse” countries which host the majority of the world’s living species and are therefore considered as the richest on the planet in terms of biological diversity. Occupying just 0.7% of our planet’s surface, Colombia hosts 10% of global plant and wildlife, making it the second most biodiverse country on the planet.
However, threats to our biodiversity grow more critical with each passing day:
Destruction of natural spaces to make way for agriculture and particularly pasture for livestock
Non sustainable use of chemicals and waste generating widespread contamination of ecosystems with plastic
Rapid and unmanaged growth of urban areas and pointless large-scale projects
These threats do not only lay heavily on ecosystems and wildlife but also on the millions of Colombians whose daily existence is intrinsically dependent on the services provided by this biodiversity.
In the face of this danger, the reaction of public and private authorities remains wholly inadequate. In 2013, Colombia was among the 40 countries which did the least to protect their plant and wildlife. This situation was reflected by the total absence in 2014 of any national events to raise awareness of the importance of protecting Biodiversity. This is the context in which ColomBIOdiversidad first appeared.
La Colombie est par ailleurs marquée par un contraste très fort entre les villes et les zones rurales. Les habitants citadins sont isolés au quotidien
Furthermore, there is a significant contrast in Colombia between towns and rural zones. City dwellers are insulated from the realities of daily life.
It is this need to reconnect with nature which led the Festival to be held as a priority in the main urban centres of the country before moving on to medium-sized towns.