In photos: with camera traps they capture spectacular images of the biodiversity in Santander

Progress is evident in the El Rasgón Regional Natural Park, an Andean humid forest area located in the upper part of the Piedecuesta municipality, where recently, through an agreement with WWF, the main global nature conservation organization, the Cdmb installed 10 camera traps with digital sensors, which through videos and photography have made it possible to identify some animal species, learn about their behavior, food and habits, data that serve as inputs to develop policies aimed at their conservation and protection, and the environment they inhabit.

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The cameras were installed in strategic places in the transit of fauna and are automatically activated to take photographs and videos, which become data that each professional specialist in their branch uses to study the local and regional terrestrial fauna and flora, and thus collect and collate data automatically, without interfering with ecosystems and forests.

Environmental education

Juan José Fernández, consultant for the WWF team – GEF SINAP project for the Consolidation of the National System of Protected Areas at the National and Regional Level, said that the installation of camera traps for monitoring animal species is complemented by environmental training processes for communities from the El Rasgón area and the Cdmb team, which includes veterinarians, biologists, forestry engineers and administrative staff.

Each of the training attendees was explained in detail their role in the process of care and conservation of the species, according to their theme or the field in which it is developed.

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Veterinarians were explained “how camera traps can serve them in a process of reintegration and monitoring of a species that suffered wildlife trafficking or injuries because it was a pet,” said Juan José Fernández, who added that the same was done with the foresters, biologists and administrative staff, to teach them how camera traps can help them carry out and corroborate their work.

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In the same way, he said that this strategy allows to control hunting in the territory and reduce conflicts between fauna and humans, which are progressive, due to the expansion of urban centers and the agricultural frontier.

Species captured by camera traps

From the installation of camera traps in the El Rasgón Regional Natural Park, species that had not been reported in the area began to be discovered, such as the Andean or Spectacled Bear, tigrillos and other felines, reported Jasmilly Benavides Céspedes, a biologist from the Subdirectorate for Land Management and Comprehensive Planning of the CDMB.

The official added that, “for the Cdmb it is an important achievement to find these umbrella species (Andean Bear and Tigrillo) in our biodiversity and protected areas, which tell us about the health of our environmental ecosystems, of our Andean forest. We are having successful results regarding the presence of species that are so fragile for our ecosystems and that are emblematic for the Corporation and for the country ”.

Knowledge of the biodiversity in the area of ​​jurisdiction of the Cdmb is very important, “because it shows the existence of high quality ecosystem services that benefit all communities in our jurisdiction with oxygen, large water sources and large carbon sequestration”, indicated the official.

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