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The IGAC does the mapping of soils in areas affected by paramos and wetlands

Bogota, Colombia, January 18, 2015-This year, the Codazzi was given the task of continuing the semi-detailed soil survey at 3.8 million hectares in areas of influence of moors and wetlands nationwide .

At the end of the first half of 2015, the IGAC will be delivered to the Institute Alexander von Humboldt results of soil surveys in about 2.6 million hectares in the Colombian wetlands, which are defined to prevent their extinction. This study, which is nearing completion, will be delivered at the end of the first half of 2015 to the Alexander von Humboldt Institute, an organization that is responsible for conducting the demarcation in both wetlands as wastelands.

According Germán Darío Álvarez, Subdirect National Agrología or of IGAC, this total approximately 2.2 million hectares correspond to areas associated with wetlands including sectors that were affected by the phenomenon of La Niña between 2010 and 2011.

According to the IGAC the goal is to analyze 150,000 hectares of wetlands in several municipalities in the departments of Antioquia, Santander, Bolivar and Cesar, as Yondó, Puerto Berrio, Barrancabermeja, San Alberto and Canta Gallo.

"The IGAC will be delivered to von Humboldt a specification in digital and print format, with Annexes and laboratory profiles obtained, and all mapping information. These inputs will identify which areas should be protected and what could overtake other activities that do not pose a risk to environmental sustainability of the country, "said Juan Antonio Nieto Escalante, director general of the IGAC.