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Operation Artemisa advances in the department of Meta

May 20, 2020

Commitment and institutional management are the basis for the Seventh Brigades soldiers to transform the Colombian plains into an environmentally friendly territory. They are developing activities to control and protect ecosystems.
In 2020, the National Army, in the department of Meta, in accordance with the guidelines of the National Government, Act 99 of 1993, article 103, and the mission of the Force, is directing its efforts towards the strategic lines framed in the Major Operation Artemisa. To that end, it coordinates its actions with environmental bodies, territorial entities, and the community. Also, it participates actively in working groups and environmental projects with the Ministry of the Environment, the departmental and municipal governments, National Natural Parks, CORMACARENA, the Office of the Inspector General, the Office of the Ombudsman and the other Military Forces and the National Police. In this way, it strengthens its work to combat illegal mining, illicit crops, illegal logging, and illegal wildlife trade, as well as the activities that seek to preserve flora and fauna.

So far this year, more than 4500 trees have been planted at the military bases of Los Girasoles, La Floresta, Mesetas, Duzana, Jardín de Peña, and Neblinas. Additionally, more than 3000 native species have been planted throughout its jurisdiction in villages, schools, avenues, parks, neighborhoods, and municipalities to generate environmental awareness in the communities. The species planted are Handroanthus chrysanthus, Anadenanthera peregrina, Jacaranda mimosifolia, Guazuma ulmifolia, Bauhinia forficata, Leucaena leucocephala, Pseudosamanea guachapele and Cedrela odorata, among others.

On the other hand, the soldiers of the Seventh Brigade soldiers have carried out vital work to collect more than ten tons of solid waste and clean and improve areas of ecological impact. This has contributed to the decontamination of the water sources of the Ocoa River, Maizaro Stream, Camoa Stream, Blanquita Stream, Piedras Stream, and Duzana Creek, and has optimized the environments of coexistence to improve the quality of life of the people living in the nearby areas.

It is worth noting that the Seventh Brigade units have confiscated 1,600 blocks of illegal timber worth 30 million pesos, thus counteracting this criminal activity. Three people were also captured for burning 237 kilograms of copper wire in Quebrada Blanca, municipality of Cumaral, Meta.

Moreover, support to relief agencies to mitigate forest fires in the Tablazo sector in the municipality of San Juan de Arama, Meta, was critical to control the emergency rapidly.

In this way, the implementation of environmental protection protocols has allowed the National Army, through the National Government, to guarantee the transformation of the territories and the substitution of illegal economies based on the Future Zones strategies. This will generate changes in the way of thinking of the people who do not see the association between drug trafficking and the damage caused to the environment.