Paula Romero y Fernando Laverde
Fundación Arte y Conservación. Campaign 2010
The Critically Endangered Wax Palm is cut down to adorn churches and processions on Palm Sunday. Sadly, the palm takes centuries to mature and is the sole habitat for the Yellow-eared Parrot.The second phase of the campaign, now Reconcile with Nature begun in 2003, Conservación Internacional Colombia and later the Episcopal Conference and the Environment Ministry joined conservation efforts that have being carried our since 1998 by ProAves with the support of the Fundación Loro Parque in the municipality of Jardin, Antioquia.
Since the year 2000, when ProAves highlighted the plight of the Yellow-eared Parrot and Colombia’s national tree, the Quindío Wax Palm, the campaign Reconcile with Nature, initially Wax Palm and Yellow-eared Parrot campaign, has been growing in strengthen thanks to the many partners, particularly the Catholic Church, Conservación Internacional-Colombia and the Ministry of the Environment.
This campaign has being carried out since its creation uninterruptedly in a national level.
The activities implemented via this campaign, are designed to create conscience and to educate diverse sectors of the community. Taking advantage of didactic methodologies, the campaign aims to give a sense of ownership over the National Colombian symbol, the Wax Palm tree, and last habitat of the Yellow-eared parrot, both highly endangered species.
As a result, diverse changes in the near-by populations to these endangered species have been achieved:
Change of attitude towards the traditional use of the Wax Palm tree during the Holly Week, when other species such as the Iraca Palm or other plants are being used instead.
National and International recognition has been achieved over the campaign and its aims to take care of these two endangered species.
In the municipality of Roncesvalles, in the department of Tolima, the Yellow-eared Parrot and the Wax Palm tree Festival has been institutionalized as a cultural celebration.
This campaign is carried out through out the country with governmental and non-governmental entities, diverse local, national and international communications means, in addition to diverse international institutions, such as American Bird Conservancy, Loro Parque Foundation and Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund, among others.
With the support of:
Reconcile with nature 2012 success
Thursday 29 March 2012.
Last month the 11th annual “Reconcile with nature” campaign was launched across Colombia. After 11 years, our message about conservation and respecting nature, especially the wax palm, is still going strong! Importantly, the Endangered Wax Palm is no longer used in Palm Sunday processions, ensuring that the habitat of the Yellow-eared Parrot will survive.
Nature conservation celebrated on Palm Sunday in colombia
Wednesday 14 April 2010.
From 24-26th March, the 9th annual Reconcile with Nature Campaign was held across Colombia. The results were excellent with no Endangered Quindio Wax Palm fronds used on Palm Sunday, especially in key areas for the Yellow-eared Parrot and wax palm in Tolima, Antioquia, and Quindio departments. We are grateful to the Catholic Church and many institutions for their support.
Reconcile with Nature Campaign 2010
Wednesday 17 March 2010.
“Your future depends on what you do in the present” this is the slogan of the 9th campaign of “Reconcile with Nature”. On March 24th 2010, we will official launch the campaign at Entre Nubes Ecological Park.
Palm Sunday without wax palms!
Wednesday 15 Abril 2009.
After 8 years of ProAves leading the campaign to protect the Wax Palm during Palm Sunday in the Colombian Andes where the Yellow-eared Parrot occurs, we can give the good news: NO wax palms were used during this past Palm Sunday!
Yellow-eared Parrot and Wax Palm parade
Wednesday 15 April 2009.
On March 17, 2009 the streets of Jardin, Antioquia were filled with the colours and images of the Yellow-eared Parrot and Wax Palm, to celebrate the beginning of the 8th Palm Sunday campaign and rejoice the campaigns origins that started in Jardín in 2002.
2009 Wax Palm Campaign begins!
Monday 9 March 2009.
With more than 500 people, Fundación ProAves and its partners launched the 8th “Reconcile with Nature” campaign on 7 March, 2009, in the municipality of San Francisco, Cundinamarca, Colombia, to generate awareness for the protection of the Quindío Wax Palm and Yellow-eared Parrot.