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Local group campaigns against governments plans to build a mega port in their community

Colombia

Thirty days of protest against a new port in the Gulf of Tribugá

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The group Colectivo de Comunicaciones en Puja is campaigning for thirty days against the construction of a mega port in Tribugá.

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The government of Colombia is planning to build a deep-water port in the Gulf of Tribugá. The government’s intention to build a major port in Tribugá has led to a lot of opposition of the local population. The residents of the department Chocó fear that the arrival of a mega port in their community will destroy their way of life – most of the people of this region are dependent on fishing for their livelihood  – and they are afraid that this new port will disturb the fragile ecosystem of the region. The organization Colectivo de Comunicaciones en Puja has therefore started a protesting campaign of thirty days against the government’s plans to build a port in Tribugá.

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Chocó

The marginalized Afro-Colombian community mainly inhabits the department Chocó. A small percentage of the Emberá lives here too: the indigenous people of Colombia.  Despite the rich biodiversity and unique history, this region is one of the least developed regions of the country, due to a lack of interest from the Colombian government.

The Golf of Tribugá is one of the few breeding places of the humpback whale.

New port

The Colombian government claims that this megaproject will boost the economic development of this region. However, the residents of Chocó are skeptical: they fear that the arrival of this new port will intervene with their way of life and that it will destroy the unique flora and fauna of this region.

Thirty days of action

Local activist of the department Chocó started the group Colectivo de Comunicaciones en Puja to promote the interests of the people of this fragile region. They are promoting their communities and their endangered environment by using film, music, and art. Throughout the month July the group Colectivo de Comunicaciones en Puja actively will be actively campaigning to stop the construction of a mega port in Tribugá.