Bogotá, Colombia. Colombia National Natural Parks has an agreement with the US National Park Service and the International Conservation Corps (ICCF), an American NGO, in which both send current (former) and retired (latter) park personnel to countries to carry out park-related projects as international cooperation. ICCF also has a local Colombian chapter. As such in May the US Park Service, ICCF, and Colombian National Parks will sponsor a weeklong workshop in Tayrona National Park, Colombia’s second most visited, to create a long-range (5-10 years) interpretive plan that includes a multiuse facility with exhibitions. This facility will be developed over successive workshops.
National Natural Parks of Colombia also has a cooperative agreement with OpEPA, a Colombian environmental NGO and PUP’s partner organization in Colombia, to carry out interpretive and educational projects to benefit national parks. Since PUP, OpEPA and National Parks have been collaborating on the development of the community-based interpretive framework approach in Colombia, National Parks asked OpEPA/PUP to join the Tayrona project. Of the five-day workshop scheduled in the park, Carlos Rosero (PUP’s country representative and employee of OpEPA) with facilitate the interpretive frameworking process with support of PUP director, Jon Kohl. They will assist the rest of the workshop to be led by NPS staff.
For PUP/OpEPA this project represents an opportunity to showcase its interpretive framework approach first used in Colombia at El Cocuy National Park in 2012. For PUP the project represents its second collaboration with US NPS as PUP and member Consensus Building Institute are currently facilitating the development of the Visitor Experience Plan for NPS’s Fire Island National Seashore in New York.
Photo by Ben Bowes – Tayrona Park, Santa Marta, Colombia 08, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=875366