Colombia is the country with the greatest wealth of bird species worldwide, with the department of Cauca being the first in variety of species in the national territory.
Santa Rosa, located in Bota Caucana, has more than 1,033 bird species, of the nearly 1,400 in Cauca.
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Nelson Joaqui Romero, a member of the Common Utility Association (Andaky), a social organization dedicated to identifying, promoting and strengthening production lines, points out that in Santa Rosa there are different terminus floors, paramo ecosystems, high Andean forest ecosystems, ecosystems Andean, “which makes these different types of habitat suitable for endemic species, boreal migratory species and southern migrants.”
That is why rural tourism or agrotourism is being strengthened in said municipality, a practice that seeks to involve people in daily agricultural work that includes various activities where tourists, in addition to staying in the homes of owners dedicated to livestock, part agricultural or forestry, they share peasant customs and connect with nature.
Yesid Paz Castro, secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development of the department, indicates that these types of initiatives are strengthened through projects such as “Alliances to advance.”
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“This strategy allows 84 associations to establish business relationships in productive lines such as agriculture, livestock, forestry, aquaculture, agribusiness, agritourism, agro-crafts and manufacturing; this thanks to the formation of the same number of revolving funds that benefit 1,680 small producers in the department”.
Within the framework of this strategy, the Andaky Association develops the agro-tourism alliance “Alliances to advance on the flight of Tanagers”, an initiative that, through an agro-tourism proposal that involves bird-watching, highlights the high number of bird species in moorland ecosystems. , forests and wetlands.
For all this, on May 14, different members of birdwatching organizations from various regions of the country took part in the second bird festival in Santa Rosa, an event scheduled with the coordination of the Cauca government and the municipal mayor’s office within the framework of the Global Big Day and on the occasion of World Bird Watching Day.
In the Global Big Day, the municipality of Santa Rosa, had the participation of 70 observers including biologists, photographers, children, youth and the elderly of the community.
“As a result of the community effort, we have magnificent results to visualize the territory, that is how we occupy the first place in Colombia with 358 species sighted, tenth place in South America and 17th place worldwide,” said Nelson Romero.
Aware of this environmental richness, the departmental government is currently strengthening the technical, productive, environmental and business partner components with tools to promote this agrotourism proposal.
For Nelson Romero, the territory of Santa Rosa has a biodiversity worthy of being known worldwide, which is why birdwatching is a strategy they have to “minimize the image of Santa Rosa as a red zone.”
“That Santa Rosa is known for its environmental capabilities and not for other things that are negative,” he added.
According to the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Cauca (CRC), the United Nations and National Natural Parks, the municipality of Santa Rosa stands out as the municipality with the largest record of birds in Colombia, in the largest pajareada in the world, with 20 lists and 321 species.
This territory stands out for being one of the most biodiverse. Not only does it have thousands of birds, but it is also a biological corridor for wild animals such as Pumas, Dantas de Páramo, Jaguars, Spectacled Bears, among others.
All this makes this municipality located on the eastern slope of the central mountain range, in the Colombian Massif, an important line of rural and nature tourism within the country.
“Our invitation is for you to visit Santa Rosa and discover the magic that we have in terms of natural riches in its flora and fauna and allow you to get an image of the percentage level of the potential that Santa Rosa has. Speaking in qualitative terms, about 90% of the Santa Rosa area is in a perfect state of conservation,” Romero concluded.
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