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HIGHLIGHTED
PROJECTS

highlighted projects

Natural Wealth Award, Colombia

 

Together with Carlos Mario Wagner, director of the Colombia Birdfair and the Rio Cali Association, we applied for the Nature Tourism Transformation Award: Colombia Natural Wealth. In October 2020, MinComercio, Colombia Productiva and the Natural Wealth program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the support of UNWTO, EAN University and Ruta N, announced the four winning initiatives, among which our project won: 'Establishment of the First Birdwatching Route for the Visually Impaired in South America'. 

 

The projects highlight biodiversity and are focused on sustainable tourism that helps to address the economic impact of the covid-19 pandemic.

 

Our INCLUSIVE AVITURISM proposal sought to find a new way of approaching, recognizing and connecting with nature for the visually impaired population. In addition, it contributes to the enjoyment and identification of the most representative bird species of the Andean region of Colombia, in the San Antonio Cloud Forest - Km. 18, in Cali. The initiative transforms birdwatching tourism in Colombia into an inclusive activity and fosters new market niches. It also takes into account the creation of a special sound guide for the visually impaired and the training of tour guides in the region.

 

The project was so successful that it was replicated in three other regions: the Matavén Forest Reserve in the department of Vichada, Colombia; Hato Buenaventura in the eastern plains in the department of Casanare, Colombia; and in the Civil Society Nature Reserve Para Ver la Esperanza, in the Tropical Dry Forest in the department of Cesar, Colombia. The results of this project can be seen on the Colombia BirdFair website. 

 

During the project I conducted training and theoretical and practical workshops on inclusion and accessibility, audio guides of the places visited and the implementation of a 100% accessible trail for people with visual disabilities. 

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