Colombia requests that artisanal fishing techniques be declared heritage

Bogota-. Colombia has requested that knowledge and techniques associated with artisanal fishing in the Magdalena River be declared an intangible heritage of humanity, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said today.

The application was submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in order to protect the food sovereignty and traditional knowledge of more than 75 thousand families who, over many generations, have developed this activity.

This cultural manifestation has already been recognized as an intangible cultural heritage of the nation in 2021, by the National Council for Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture.

According to the statements of the Director of Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Chains, Ingrets García, if this knowledge is acquired worldwide, this knowledge will help to maintain the economic, sustainable and social contribution of artisanal fishermen of the Magdalena River and other people who develop professions related to fishing culture.

The official said: “The residents who will benefit from this demonstration are part of an important and historical sector in the country, which in this government has received special attention.”

The application is based on the fact that the knowledge and techniques of artisanal fishing in the Magdalena River incorporate the traditions of the communities that practice it, ensure environmental and sustainable management of water and land resources, and use a wide range of methods. Technologies that are traditionally transmitted across generations.

20 of the country’s 32 provinces are connected to the Great Magdalena River Basin.

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