Slow Fish Caribbean: Cooperation, Peace and Sustainability for the Future of Fishing

Launch conference for the project held on Thursday March 9 in San Andrés, Colombia. With a focus on the Mexican coast of Quintana Roo, home to the Sian Ka’an and Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserves, and the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve in the San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina archipelago in Colombia, the Slow Fish network has recently embarked a new project to promote the preservation of coral reef and coastal biodiversity, currently suffering due the excessive exploitation of natural resources.

The initiative, funded by the European Union and run by Slow Food together with Fundación ACUA and Corporación CORALINA in Colombia and Colectividad Razonatura in Mexico, was presented on March 9 in San Andrés, Colombia, in the Gobernación di San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina Auditorium. Many representatives from local authorities and associations participated in the meeting and together they discussed the future of these fascinating ecosystems.

The day’s events were introduced by Francisco García García, who runs the Cooperation section of the European Union Delegation in Colombia. “The principles of the European Union’s cooperation in Colombia must be peace, peace and peace,” he said. “The protection of biodiversity is part of this process; indeed it is an essential condition for peace being kept in the country.” With this sentiment in mind, the representatives of Slow Food and the project’s various partners then outlined their roles and lines of action.

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