The conservation of biodiversity in the Colombian Amazon needs to be supported not only by the scientific community, but also by the general public. To this end, the initiative promotes the development of a Citizen Science program, which provides opportunities for civil society to learn and become familiar with Amazon biodiversity and its scientific knowledge.
The Citizen Science program will initially focus on school children, and will be based on the model used by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: The Fairchild Challenge. Through The Fairchild Challenge, students research and critically evaluate environmental topics, become more actively engaged citizens, and come to appreciate the beauty and value of nature. By blending content areas to create activities, projects, and “authentic experiences” that use the environment as an integrating context for learning, The Fairchild Challenge promotes science literacy, civic engagement, creative expression, and lifelong learning in students and, by extension, in their respective circles of influence.
On October 24-25, 2013, the workshop “Strategic Development of an Environmental Education and Citizen Science Program for the Colombian Amazon” was held at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia.
This activity was carried out in order to define strategies and ways forward with the participation of members from the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, OpEPA, Proantioquia, Fundación Natütama, Fondo Patrimonio Natural, Fondo Acción, schools from the Cauca and Caqueta regions, Universidad de la Amazonia, Florida International University, and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
For more information about this program, contact Ana Lemos (email@example.com).