Daabon continues to
work towards the protection and care of our High Conservation Value areas
As part of our efforts to conserve biodiversity, and in compliance with our corporate environmental policies, Daabon has been working on various studies to identify and classify the land and sea ecosystems found within the areas of influence of our productive projects. These studies allow us to determine the best way to support protection of the wild flora and fauna, especially those species categorized at a local, national and/or international level as rare, threatened or in danger of extinction, and that have been classified by Daabon as HCV areas.
In 2018 we focused our environmental activities on the conservation of land and sea turtles: releasing turtles, reforestation of riparian corridors (interfaces between land and a natural body of water) and cleaning up rivers, beaches and seabeds.
At Daabon’s Tequendama farm, located in the Aracataca municipality, 100 Chelonoidis Carbonaria turtles (commonly known as “Morrocoy” or “Morrocoya”) were released. These turtles were rescued by environmental authorities from animal traffickers. Thanks to a collective effort with the authorities, the turtles were moved and released into the conservation areas of our farm; a natural habitat for the Morrocoya where they can find shelter and food.
Sea turtles were also released, under the framework of the Interinstitutional Convention signed by Daabon Group and the Sea Museum Foundation to support the Turtle and Marine Mammal Conservation Project. In 2018, 450 sea turtles (Canguama species) were released at Mendiguaca Beach and Don Diego Beach, with the participation of environmental authorities, local citizens and fishermen. The goal of this project is to contribute to the recuperation of the populations of sea turtles that move through the Santa Marta region (Santa Marta Bay and adjacent beaches), through the ongoing implementation of on-site and off-site conservation strategies.
In order to enhance the biodiversity in the conservation area of the Daabon Group and in other natural areas of regional interest, which include the riparian corridors of the Aracataca River, Fundación River and the Ariguaní River, a reforestation plan has been developed using native species, such as caracolí (Anacardium excelsum), ceiba bonga (Ceiba pentandra), carreto (Inga edulis), camajon (Sterculia apetala), ebano (Caesalpina ebano) and cedro (Cedrela odorata), to enhance biodiversity conservation. Reforestation activities have also been developed for mangroves at the mouth of the Gaira River and Bureche Stream in Santa Marta.
The activities carried out for the protection of turtles were complemented with cleanups of rivers, beaches, and seabeds in the city of Santa Marta. Cleanup of the mouth of the Gaira River and Bureche Stream was supported by the Bachaqueros Foundation, and cleanup of the beaches and seabeds of Santa Marta Bay was supported by the Akwamare Foundation, with participation from environmental and marine authorities, Daabon Group employees and the community at large, whose end goal is to raise awareness at a local level about the impact of plastics and other residues on ecosystems and marine species.