Flowing in a giant arc from Colombia and Venezuela all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, the Orinoco is one of the longest rivers in South America, its basin and flooded forests home to rich plant and animal life, ancient indigenous cultures, and growing cities and economies. But as the region develops, the challenges facing the Orinoco basin increase, threatening its precious ecosystems and all who depend upon them.
WWF, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and several local partners collaborated to develop a report card for the Colombian portion of the Orinoco river basin. The report card will help inform management and policy decisions that impact the Orinoco, building a better future for all.
As one of the first places WWF and UMCES collaborated to create a report card, the Orinoco is crucial to ensuring the development process is carefully documented, analyzed and improved. Together we will track its impacts on the basin’s future.