1. American crocodile
In 2011, Ecopetrol, the Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Northeast Border (CORPONOR) and the Ministry of Environment, supported the implementation of a project to evaluate populations of Crocodylus Acutus (American crocodile), a species found in Appendix I of the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), i.e. that is in danger of extinction, threatened since the last century due to the unlawful use of their skin.
This study is part of the biodiversity program that seeks to carry out projects for the assessment and preservation of species in strategic areas of operation, projects with species in danger of extinction, and projects for species of special interest to the communities of these areas, either because they are tied to their traditional economic activities or because they have cultural or ecotourism value.
The study made it possible to scientifically document the American crocodile population in the rivers Sardinata, San Miguel, Nuevo Presidente and Tibú, from the Catatumbo basin, and found a natural state population of 1.48 animals per kilometer, over a length of 132 kilometers, i.e., 196 crocodiles established in the basin.
Also, the preliminary strategies were defined to ensure the conservation and sustainability of the species, with the help of the community. For this, among other points, it is specified that there is a need for further research, education, community involvement and a declaration of protected areas.
In 2012, support for a second phase of the project will be evaluated, which includes the implementation of management measures established in the study, such as the establishment of nurseries and protection areas, among others
2. Artificial reefs in the Gulf of Morrosquillo
(the information is found within the documents of the 2009 sustainability report)