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Puerto Gaitan

July 3rd, 2013

And that water, which was previously stagnant, now it is going to end up in the rivers, which are grown and overflow in rainy season, as it has already happened in the region of Orocue. The other unfinished case is referring to the hacienda Carimagua, located in the town of Puerto Gaitan (Meta Department). The Hacienda was awarded to displaced by the violence generated by the Colombian armed conflict, but after four years, on February 11, 2008, the Minister of agricultural Andres Felipe Arias trying change the award and to give it to private investors alleging that they would better use the ground and that would represent greater dividends for the State and in turn to the desplazados2. This hacienda is in located in a wetland type sheet of approximately 6 thousand hectares where is born the Tomo River (600 km long.). The Tomo river empties to the East, flowing into the Orinoco River.

The site also contains the Carimagua lagoon, which has a diverse population of fish, amphibians and mammals. Carimagua also maintains 6 thousand hectares of forests that border the Carimagua, Cararabo pipes and the River Muco.3 If the 1991 Constitution ordered that the property for public use, national parks, communal ethnic groups land, protected lands, the heritage of the nation and other goods determined by law, are inalienable, imprescriptible and indefeasible (art. 63); concern that the Government does not include nor intends to include the wetlands in the Orinoquia, and causes more concern that regional Las departmental tables of water, in which rulers, have seat representatives to the House and Senate, whether pro-Government or opposition, keep silence and ignore the issue, especially when there is the possibility to obtain a law that would allow vulgar business with wetlands in exchange for payment of a tax and the commitment to replanting that presumably would minimize the ecological damage. 1 2 3 Original author and source of the article.


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