Newly established Volcán Azufral Natural Park protects one of Colombia’s most critical ecosystems and water for 97,000 people
Standing 4,000 meters high inside the foothills of the Andes, Volcán Azufral is a stratovolcano located in southern Colombia. Though it is practically dwarfed by giant volcanoes in neighboring Ecuador, Volcán Azufral’s crater holds something spectacular – a rare lake of turquoise, sulfurous waters. Moreover, it’s surrounded by thousands of acres of páramo grasslands and charismatic species such as the spectacled bear.
Yet the ecosystem and species associated with the area face imminent threats, including deforestation, agricultural and livestock expansion, inadequate agricultural practices and a general lack of knowledge and environmental awareness.
With Nature and Culture’s support, CorpoNariño, one of Colombia’s regional environmental authorities, established Volcán Azufral Natural Park last week, protecting Volcán Azufral and 18,600 acres of páramo grasslands. It is the third protected area created by CorpoNariño and Nature and Culture in southern Colombia.