Developing project
Executive producer: Ana Cristina Henríquez

One of the greatest challenges for humanity is to satisfy the present need for development without compromising the resources of future generations.

The tropical Andes are considered to be one of the richest ecosystems with the highest level of bio-diversity on earth. The tropical part of the long range of mountains known as the Andes processes a multiplicity of habitats that provide a home to 45,000 species of plants and more than 3,000 vertebrates of which half are endemic to the region.

However, in spite of its importance, the wooded areas and high moorland environments of the Venezuelan Andes are being destroyed at a giddy rate to make room for highly profitable cattle ranches, a new type of agriculture known as “highland cattle raising”.

In the last 5 years, more than 5,000 square kilometers has been deforested, even though most of the land surface is protected in this region, as Venezuela is the county that has the largest amount of protected land in the world.

One of the greatest achievements for this area would be to improve the standard of living for its inhabitants in a sustainable manner without the need to advance the boundaries of farmland on to natural wild habitats, taking advantage of the potential value of the landscapes provided by the Sierra La Culata and Sierra Nevada national parks. Conservation of the bio-diversity and environmental services of the highland plateaus must be revalued.

With the idea of transforming these natural areas into work opportunities for local families, therefore making the concept of conservation of the ecosystem and bio-diversity a more tangible prospect, a network of small inns for visitors to the national parks has been developed in the wild countryside.

Climb to the heights of the Andes and get to know this protected forest, and the silence which is its conservation.

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