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Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena

by Fundacion Bahia y Ecosistemas de Colombia
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Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena
Fight plastic pollution in the bay of Cartagena

Going forward!

During the months of April, May and June, Fundación Bahía has been sending humanitarian aid to the insular communities of Tierra Bomba and further beyond. Island communities have been suffering from poverty and hunger even before the pandemic and have been hit especially hard with the halt to tourism which provided means of obtaining basic livelihood. Fundación Bahía´s efforts have concentrated on serving these insular communities reaching around 5,970 households, sending around 1,500 basic provisions as well as 4,250 kilos of fish, thanks to a generous fish donation from the Antillana Company, and lately 220 biological safety protection kits (face masks and alcohol bottles) to the communities of Punta Arena and Tierra Bomba. The provisions have been delivered to the different island communities thanks to the help of the Colombian Naval Forces, and equally distributed to the different households with help of local community leaders - the Consejos Comunitarios. The whole operation, supervised by Fundación Bahía, has been done with the support of the Cartagena Mayor´s Office. Private partners for this project, donors, Antillana, the Armada, Rotary Club Cartagena, and the Company Beatriz Camacho, have also contributed greatly. Thanks for your support!

Here are some of the activities that Fundación Bahíi held prior to the pandemic, in our constant struggle to fight plastic pollution at sea!  

Bird watching workshop for the children of Punta Arena! The 6th and 7th of March, children from the school and from the Environmental Guard of Punta Arena, invited by Fundación Bahía and children and teachers from the Montessori school of Cartagena went on a bird watching workshop to La Salina, Punta Arena. La Salina is an inland mangrove marsh area in Punta Arena. It is a sanctuary for a lot of bird species that the children learned to see and identify with the help of the biology group from the Montessori School. Thanks to the workshop, the children of Punta Arena rediscovered their surroundings, learned proper use of binoculars and understood the importance of conservation and cleanliness for this rich environment. Part of the Fundación´s Punta Arena Sostenible Project for the recovery of this important ecosystem is to change the current use of the Salina as a satellite dump ground to a park and ecotour destination that could benefit locals trained to be eco guides and bird watching experts!  Participants had a great time learning about their environment and fauna and the importance of its preservation, as a whole ecosystem.

Big plans for Punta Arena! Fundación Bahía is working hand by hand with Punta Arena’s community and its leaders to reduce plastic pollution, preserve its environment and strengthen its economic framework. Punta Arena is the most touristic part of the island of Tierra Bomba with its beautiful white sand beaches. Fundación Bahía is designing a project that would allow to continue helping the community during this pandemic, but also engage beneficiary families in environmental work. The idea is to benefit families in need with food provisions in exchange of their commitment to preserving La Salina and helping clean up the future eco trails. Stay tuned for upcoming actions!

We’re going citywide with #MarLimpio2020! Mar Limpio 2020: Guardianes del Oceano (Ocean Guardians) is an environmental education campaign, whose goal is to encourage all inhabitants to heighten their conscience, conserve the environment and feel a part of their ecosystem. Fundación Bahía and Universidad Tadeo Caribe have partnered in order to develop an educational booklet for public school children, that can also be scaled up to University students. It consists of explanatory sheets about oceans, the ecosystems surrounding Cartagena and the problems affecting the environment on local and global scales. Each fact is clear enough for anyone to understand, and the explanations are followed by quick and fun activities for children and students. Cartagena is a city surrounded by water, and each of its ecosystems is connected to the Ocean. Protection of mangroves, tropical rainforests, beaches, and coral reefs are all essential for the well-being of every Cartagenero. Still under development, Mar Limpio 2020 aims to offer an educational program, with a web platform, an Ocean Preservation Pact, the educational booklet and easy to share social media pieces for all to fight against single use plastics. Part of the project are also utilitarian sculptures to be used as educational tools to get people to recycle. The Foundation is preparing its educational program for all to get to know the bay and all other vital ecosystems around Cartagena, through private, public and educational partnerships. Thanks to all of the institutions and persons who have signed the Ocean Awareness Pact and are now aware of the actions required to help our Ocean! Please visit our website www.fundacionbahia.org and sign on!

Fundación Bahía also participated in LimpiArte the 6 of march! The event, organized by Fundación Tucultura, gathered local associations, private actors and Colombian police to clean up one of Cartagena’s most frequented places, the Portal de los dulces. The clean-up day was preceded by awareness raising actions, in which students and members of Fundación Bahía discussed with local business owners about their ecological actions and the existing rules they have to comply with. Saving our oceans and the beautiful bay of Cartagena from plastic pollution is an immensely complex task, that can only be dealt with collectively. This is why we need you to visit our website and sign on to the Ocean pact!  

Thanks again for your continued support to our cause! Together, we can change the world!

Warmest regards,


Diana de la Vega




Bird observation workshop in La Salina
Bird observation workshop in La Salina
Awareness raising day in Portal de los dulces
Awareness raising day in Portal de los dulces
Clean-up day in Portal de los dulces
Clean-up day in Portal de los dulces
Cigarette butts collected in one day
Cigarette butts collected in one day
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Beach clean-up at Punta Arena
Beach clean-up at Punta Arena

This is the year of the Ocean. Fundación Bahía would like to showcase Mar Limpio 2020, our city wide campaign to raise awareness and fight plastic pollution in our bay and ocean! As founders and partners of the Alianza Mar Limpio (Clean Ocean Alliance), which includes individuals, educational institutions and organizations from the public and private sector willing to engage in action, we met with Heidi Solba, president of the World Cleanup Day. Heidi´s visit from Estonia served to motivate us all into planning this year´s clean-up next September and was well received by local authorities. Fundación Bahía also participated with Fundación Tu Cultura in the first Limpiarte of the year, cleaning up the Parque del Centenario and raising environmental awareness amongst book sellers and visitors alike. Everything thrown out without care ends up in the Ocean! We have paired with UTadeo Caribe and soon you´ll hear more about our interactive platform and all of our partners at Mar Limpio 2020! Please visit our website and sign the pledge for cleaner oceans to become a #GuardianesdelOceano! Please help us build one of our educational sculptures to invite and stimulate people to protect our beaches and sea!

Congratulations Punta Arena! On Feb 20th more than 130 volunteers from the community, Cartagena and abroad participated in a super beach clean-up and contributed to the fight against plastic pollution by picking up around 700 kilos of trash, of which 130 kgs of plastic residues from the beaches and inner bodies of water. Volunteers picked up about 6 kgs of plastic straws and one kg of cigarette butts. These clean ups are very important since plastic does not biodegrade, it remains plastic forever and over time and due to the sun´s rays and the natural erosion, plastic breaks up into smaller pieces. Thus, with this cleanup we prevented 130 kgs of plastic from harming our biodiversity and ecosystems, but also from eventually becoming millions of microplastic particles in the future. Microplastic is impossible to clean up and enters our food chain, wreaking havoc in our reproductive and hormonal systems. Microplastics absorb contaminants in the water – such as mercury or petrol, and become even more dangerous for biodiversity and humans. In Punta Arena, Fundación Bahia previously identified satellite trash dumps and held meetings with local authorities and partners to socialize the information and encourage community participation in a sustained clean-up effort. Many thanks to all the volunteers, institutions such as Guardia Ambiental, Veolia and Armada de Colombia involved in this cleanup! Many thanks to Amigos del Mar who co-hosted the clean-up and congratulations on their anniversary! Thanks to enterprises such as Onda de Mar, and especially Fenix Beach Hotel, Bomba Beach and Namaste Hotel for their support.

Foundation Bahía´s director visited COJOWA and spoke with 8th graders interested in developing projects aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. First of all, what is your passion? Knowing yourself will help define how you can contribute towards helping humanity attain these goals. How do you want to serve? Such topics were also touched during a conversatorio at Selina´s Jumpworking and while interviewing Bettany Hughes on the evolution of Venus Aphrodite, during the last Hay Festival in Cartagena.

Please don´t hesitate to contact us if you wish to experience one of our clean-up events or learn more about the Bay´s historical and ecological importance. Thanks again for your continued support and interest in helping save our oceans and our beautiful bay from plastic pollution!

Warmest regards,

Diana de la Vega
Director Fundación Bahía y Ecosistemas de Colombia.

Meeting Heidi Solba, World Cleanup Day's president
Meeting Heidi Solba, World Cleanup Day's president
LimpiArte
LimpiArte
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Beach cleanup at Punta Arena
Conversatory at the Hay Festival
Conversatory at the Hay Festival
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We did it!!! For the second year in a row, Fundación Bahia organized the World Clean Up Day Effort for Cartagena with the help of many volunteers, other NGOs, committed enterprises and leaders! Many thanks to all for your support and especially to the more than 930 volunteers who on September 21st participated cleaning up La Boquilla as well as other locations around Cartagena´s bodies of water, with a staggering 6,177 kilos of residue picked up and disposed of correctly! Plus a beautiful ecological mural at the Punta Arena community center!

During the Migratory Bird Festival on October 30th, Fundación Bahía participated on a very exciting birding tour to Punta Arena with Colegio Montessori´s Juan Felipe Restrepo, in efforts to form local eco-tourist guides, and spread awareness on the richness of the biodiversity in Punta Arena and the importance of conservation for future generations. Fundación Bahía organized an Environmental Awareness Workshop at the local school with the help of students from the Environmental Education program from the Universidad de Cartagena. 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders were vaccinated against environmental apathy and loved meeting the most committed environmentalist, watching their own image on a mirror!

We proudly present #MarLimpio2020, a city wide campaign to raise awareness and fight plastic pollution in our bay and oceans. Everything thrown without care ends up in the Ocean! Cartagena exists thanks to its bay and today its booming tourism industry depends on the welfare of its people, ecosystems and biodiversity. We need to protect our Oceans and Bay by paying more attention to our residue management practices and by making responsible choices as consumers. Most of the trash found during our beach clean ups and in the bay and ocean corresponds to single-use plastic. We all need to curb our enthusiasm when it comes to consuming these goods and we need to passionately refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle plastic! Please visit our website and sign the pledge for cleaner oceans and to become a #GuardianesdelOceano! #OceanGuardian! Please help us build more of these educational sculptures to invite and stimulate people to protect our beaches and sea!

Many thanks for your continued support and for helping us to continue our mission to protect the ocean and the bay from plastic pollution and to include island communities in Tierra Bomba within the touristic and economic circuit of Cartagena!

Warmest regards,
Diana de la Vega

Volunteers at the World Clean Up Day Effort
Volunteers at the World Clean Up Day Effort
Beach cleanup during the World Clean Up Day Effort
Beach cleanup during the World Clean Up Day Effort
Punta Arena community center - BEFORE
Punta Arena community center - BEFORE
Punta Arena community center - AFTER
Punta Arena community center - AFTER
Artists of the community center's ecological mural
Artists of the community center's ecological mural
Bird Watching Festival at Punta Arena
Bird Watching Festival at Punta Arena
Environmental Awareness Workshop
Environmental Awareness Workshop
#MarLimpio2020 Campaign
#MarLimpio2020 Campaign
At #MarLimpio2020, become #GuardianesDelOceano
At #MarLimpio2020, become #GuardianesDelOceano

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Fundación Bahía y Ecosistemas de Colombia has continued with the organization of mayor beach clean ups and educational efforts to fight plastic pollution in our bay and our seas. Prior to each beach clean up the Foundation team and a group of volunteers visit the site and socialize better residue management and recycling habits with local interest groups and community, in order to ensure effective local participation and cultural change.

Many thanks to the more than 700 volunteers that came together on June 15th for the great Bocagrande Beach Clean Up! Of the approximately 1 ton of residues picked up, 500Kg were recyclables, given to local recyclers for their recovery: 25kgs of plastic paste, 16kgs of plastic bottle caps, 55kgs PET bottles, 44kgs carton, 10kgs of cigarette butts, 18kgs Styrofoam, 35kgs aluminum cans, 45kgs metal bottle caps. This major beach cleanup was supported by Bavaria and led by Fundacion Bahia y Ecosistemas, with the participation of Corpoturismo, Red Jovenes de Ambiente, Mayor of Cartagena, Pacaribe, Amigos del Mar, Civil Defense, Tecnologico Comfenalco, Sena, Cartagena Chamber of Commerce and local artists. Volunteers and team members came together at the end for an artistic group photo in order to promote care for our sea! #cuidatumar

On July 31st 2019, Fundación Bahía participated and co-led the beach clean up, part of a concerted effort to visit the island community of Punta Arena and offer institutional support from the Mayors Office, the Secretary of Education and the National Armada. Efforts to promote ecotourism and better care of the environment include these educational clean ups, new ecological art murals and workshops within the school and community spaces, and working together with local hotels also interested in murals and recycling.

Fundación Bahía was asked to lead the World Clean Up Day in Cartagena for the second consecutive year, as part of the Lets Do It World movement uniting around 150 countries and 20 Colombian Cities this next 21st of September for clean up efforts. We have paired with local environmental NGOs to present a united front in the locality of La Boquilla, which is in dire need of environmental education interventions, improvement of residue management and recycling practices. Although we will conduct our clean up in the Punta Arena community that day, we are supporting and helping organize the great clean up in La Boquilla, with Red Jovenes de Ambiente, Corajem, Tu Cultura, Amigos del Mar, Huellas Sostenibles, Verde Esperanza, Fauna Silvestre, Corpoturismo amongst others. Danfroc and Champetu will host a clean up in Olaya Herrera and Disk Concept in Baru. The idea is to all clean up on September 21st wherever we are in the world. Our results will also be reported to Ocean Conservancy´s beach clean up day initiative held on the same date.

Thanks for your continued support to our cause! United we can change the world!

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Bringing the carts to Tierra Bomba
Bringing the carts to Tierra Bomba

Dear Friends,

We proudly announce the inauguration of the first temporary storage facility for Recyclables in Tierra Bomba! The local recyclers of Tierra Bomba now have a safe working space, where they can separate, pack and store the recyclable materials they collect from 60% of the households in Tierra Bomba! That´s right! What an amazing example, approximately 60% of the houses in this community now separate at the source and give recyclable materials to their local recyclers whom they know by name. These men, Jesús and Ramón, are true environmental heroes serving their community and avoiding plastic residues from falling into the sea. They are part of the first constituted and formalized local recyclers association of Tierra Bomba. The lives of these two local recyclers have been greatly impacted, not only through the additional income they receive for the sale of recyclables, but also because their job is now valued and recognized by the community. Congratulations to the Tierra Bomba Recyclers Association!

Thanks to the support of Avene Colombia and a host of colombian artists and influencers, the educational and clean up campaign “Skin Protect, Ocean Respect” was a success. On May 17th two dermatological and environmental awareness conferences for around 200 young students were held simultaneously at the schools in Tierra Bomba and Punt Arena. In the afternoon, an art and environment workshop using recycled materials was held at the Dones Foundation Center with another 100 students from Tierra Bomba. On May 18th, a major beach cleanup took place, with local artists painting a mural inviting to protect the ocean and where approximately 200 volunteers collected 417 kilos of residues! Of these: 35 kilos of plastic, 59 kilos of plastic PET bottles, 15 kilos of Styrofoam, 8 kilos of single use disposable plastic utensils, 169 kilos of glass – donated to the Green Apple Foundation, 16 kilos of metal and 115 kilos of ordinary trash. The recyclable material was given to local recyclers from Punta Arena and the garbage was taken out of the island by the trash company. Many thanks to all who supported and to all the wonderful volunteers that made it happen!!!

Local recycler working at the storage facility
Local recycler working at the storage facility
The temporary storage facility in Tierra Bomba!
The temporary storage facility in Tierra Bomba!
Educational and clean up campaign at Punta Arena
Educational and clean up campaign at Punta Arena
Painting a mural inviting to protect the ocean
Painting a mural inviting to protect the ocean
Many thanks to all volunteers who made it happen!
Many thanks to all volunteers who made it happen!

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Location: Cartagena - Colombia
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Mauricio Gómez
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