In light of World Environment Day, the green light (no pun intended) was given to the creation of Antioquia’s Central Park, an ambitious undertaking aimed at conserving and protecting the lands surrounding Medellín’s Metropolitan Area. It hopes to conserve forests and hydric resources, creating a greenbelt around the central portion of the department.
More than conservation, however, it’s a matter of human survival, given that most of the Aburrá Valley’s residents benefit from these natural resources. World Environment Day reminded citizens all over the world that climate change has concrete and damaging effects on our lives. Not only do we see changes in seasons, which have increased in intensity and duration as of late, also impacting food production; but natural disasters have also become more frequent due to the alteration of ecosystems.
Globally, little gets done to contain disasters of this nature, which is why any local or regional effort is significant and worthwhile. Backed by a number of national and regional institutions, the Governorship of Antioquia, Medellín’s Mayoral Office and 50 municipalities are now committed to working towards the conservation of 894.55 hectares and guarantee the wellbeing of all citizens and future generations. It will be a priority to recover, protect and preserve Antioquia’s natural resources through the declaration of new protected areas and stricter rules.