The event takes place in the Galapagos Islands with the presence of ministers and former presidents.
President Guillermo Laso on Friday signed the executive decree formalizing the creation of a new protected area in the Galapagos Islands.
This reserve was baptized as the Muslim Brotherhood, and 60,000 square kilometers, including 30,000 no long lines and 30,000 no long lines. This is in addition to the 138,000 square kilometers that were already protected.
“We may be a small area and our ecological footprint is negligible compared to other countries, but we are also on this planet. Today we are expanding to protect you,” Lasso said.
The decree was signed at an event held in the bay of Puerto Ayora on the Sierra Negra boat.
“There are places that mark human history and today we have the honor to be in one of them. The islands that welcomed us today helped teach us something about ourselves. If instead of acting as absolute masters of these lands, we protect them? Lasso noted.
In addition, he said, “From these islands that have taught us so much, we have shown that caring for the planet is possible. This government believes in global openness and integration. The greater our impact on the environment, the greater our commitment to taking care of nature.”
The decree was signed in the presence of Colombian President Ivan Duque, and former US President Bill Clinton. The lasso cut the ribbon made from recyclable materials collected during coastal cleanups.
“The oceans, which make up more than 60% of the world’s surface, purify a large part of the air that is breathed into the continents. According to experts, this amounts to 50% of the world’s total oxygen, or which means that one in every two breaths of humanity depends on the ocean. ‘ the president noted.
The decree consists of four articles, two transitional provisions and one final.
It is mentioned in the second article that the new protected area called Reserva Marina Hermendad, It will be incorporated into the National System of Protected Areas, through the State Subsystem.
“An area of 30,000 square kilometers must be preserved where extractive activities are not allowed and Conservation of critical ocean ecosystem areas, migration routes, and feeding areas for threatened marine species; and a responsible fishing area of 30,000 square kilometers, in which fishing activities are permitted, except for activities involving the use of longlines,” the article states.
In Article 3, it states that it is the Ministry of Environment, through the Undersecretary of Heritage and the Galapagos National Park Directorate, that will take over the administration, management and administration of the reserve.
Meanwhile, the first transitional clause clarifies that within a maximum period of two months from the signing of the executive decree, the state portfolio, based on a technical report that includes a diagnosis of the situation and a feasibility analysis of the declaration, will issue a ministerial decision. Agreement to establish a new marine reserve.
The new reserve will create a sea corridor between the Galapagos Islands and Cocos Island in Costa Rica, It is known as “migravía” for being a place of passage for dozens of protected species.
At the Glasgow Summit, the presidents of Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia signed an agreement to protect the corridor and pushed for the creation of an area of tens of thousands of square kilometers to protect species unique to the eastern tropical region. Pacific.
With the agreement reached between the four countries of the equatorial Pacific, the sustainable management of the islands of Cocos (Costa Rica), Galapagos (Ecuador), Malpelo (Colombia) and Cuiba (Panama) is sought and the preservation of this sea lane or “migravía”, which is considered one One of the most biologically diverse in the world.
Activists also gathered at the event, especially from the Más Galapagos collective, and direct members of the National Chamber of Fisheries.
The omicron variant has caused the international guest list to be greatly reduced.
For Duque, participation in this event was important and he stated that “the protection of these areas protects 40% of the world’s species. (…) We celebrate President Lasso’s decision. Today it is clear that if the world needs an agreement, Ecuador, Colombia and Panama set an example.” .
Regarding the debt-to-preservation swap mechanism, by which the resources necessary to protect the new territory and the entire archipelago would be obtained, both Lasso and the ministers who accompanied them were extremely cautious. They noted that it is still being analyzed, but that there are interested parties. (I)