The District Secretary for the Environment and its work in the City

The District Secretary for the Environment With its commitment to maintain, respect and protect life in all its forms, it works to generate changes in life habits and promote a contribution that allows mitigating climate change and making Bogotá green.

In these months of execution, the District Secretary for the Environment has planted more than 20 thousand of the 802 thousand trees that it has as a project throughout the administration, in order to help ecological connectivity, clean the air and provide benefits to the flora and fauna in the city. The entity currently has 150 thousand trees ready to be located in urban and rural areas.

The #LibresYEnCasa campaign has allowed the recovery of 1,216 specimens of wild animals, of which 500 have returned to their natural habitat, reducing the effects of the wild and taking care of their well-being. With the route of the Freedom Route about 1,100 kilometers from Bogotá to the Caribbean Coast, about 400 wild animals were released and relocated.

Fulfilling the objectives established in the Development Plan The Secretariat ratifies its commitment to not allowing works in the wetlands, advancing sanctioning processes by legal means for constructions in Jaboque and Juan Amarillo, emphasizing the importance of the good treatment that these ecosystems deserve.

The opening of the wetlands after the closure that occurred due to the pandemic, has allowed various routes and ecological walks to be proposed so that citizens can enjoy these spaces, reconnect with nature and as an important point generate an appropriation by part of the citizenship with these spaces, additionally they have counted on participative processes that allow the consolidation of the Thomas Van Der Hammen reserve and the Lagos de Torca project.

The work carried out in the control of invasive species, biodiversity monitoring, promotion of orchards, maintenance of spaces and trails, and agreements with the communities to give silvicultural treatment to some trees in the city are highlighted.

With the air quality monitoring network, it went from having 13 to 16 stations and work is being done on the installation of 4 more that will come into operation in the coming months.

Within the goals that the city has, a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases is expected by 2050 and to be carbon neutral by this date. Almost 2.5 million tons of ordinary, special and hazardous waste have been controlled, which has allowed the proper disposal of 541,000 of these.

For his part The District Institute for Risk Management and Climate Change – IDIGER In risk and climate change management, through its resettlement program, it has carried out mitigation works benefiting families in a condition of self-vulnerability to the population that has been affected by emergencies, providing a comprehensive response for each situation.

The updating of the information systems for risk and climate change management – SIRE and the Bogotá-SAB Alerts system have also been intervened by IDIGER.

Among the work carried out by the entity, the District Drill that was carried out on October 22 in the capital focused this year on self-protection, allowing citizens to adopt reaction and protection measures against some opportune event that is can present in the city giving priority to the preservation of life.

The District Institute for Animal Protection and Welfare – (IDPYBA) has made progress in the sterilization of 13,731 dogs and cats, 844 animals have been cared for by veterinary emergencies and 401 dogs and cats have been delivered in adoption brigades.

The IDPYBA has carried out 1545 effective visits to verify animal welfare conditions, due to reports of abuse that have been received in the entity and has made 14 control records with pigeons, advancing in the consolidation of attention to fauna with 9 censuses in 3 locations.

The Botanical Garden in the advancement of its work carried out the planting of about 2,000 trees in public and private spaces, carried out the maintenance of 51,000 trees with management of pests, diseases and treatment to control risk.

15,600 m2 of gardens have been improved with activities such as pruning, comprehensive soil intervention, irrigation, replanting, fertilization and lawn mowing. Strengthening in turn 414 orchards that have enabled the training of 815 participants in urban and peri-urban agriculture training processes.

The Botanical Garden implemented a strategy that allowed social agreement to provide a solution to highly critical environmental conflicts, with 55% progress represented in the formation of 8 networks of caregivers, 3 days of “Replantando Confianza” and reaching 53,400 people through participation and education through digital channels.

Finally, processes of research, conservation, restoration and sustainable use of flora and ecosystems are highlighted and the start-up of the new Tropicario is prepared, which has 64 families, 253 species and 615 plant individuals through collections divided into useful plants , dry and humid tropical forests.

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