The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region is known for its natural beauty and biodiversity. Nature tourism focuses on natural attractions such as a forest, waterfalls or lakes. The project aims to promote nature tourism initiatives, highlighting science tourism as a strategy to conserve biodiversity and reduce deforestation in Colombia. The development of a tourism product aims to encourage environmentally conscious researchers and scientists to visit the region.
This destination offers:
The project hopes to create a differentiated tourism offer that provides livelihoods for local communities and focuses on scientific tourism, while promoting environmental conservation and protection measures that help counteract activities that lead to deforestation.
To preserve the biodiversity of the dry and humid tropical forests of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta through strategies of conservation, regeneration, sustainable use and agro-ecological practices focused on the study of strategic ecosystems, wildlife habitats and cultural and spiritual richness. A place where the community is organised and prepared to support the generation of scientific knowledge about biodiversity, attracting researchers, students and experts interested in discovering and monitoring local flora and fauna.
By 2032, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta will be a sustainable and profitable destination, with great ecological, cultural, spiritual and climatic richness and greater scientific and local knowledge of biodiversity, providing important ecosystem services linked to travel experiences based on biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and the fight against deforestation, for which it will be recognised and visited by domestic and foreign universities and researchers.
The concept underlying the creation of this destination is based on the acquisition of scientific knowledge for the conservation of one of the most biodiverse places on earth with great climatic and cultural richness, where local communities are organised and prepared to provide activities, services and facilities for the study of the socio-ecological relationships of diverse and emblematic species of flora and fauna in strategic ecosystems of rainforest and tropical dry forest in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This is an ancestral and sacred area that provides important ecosystem services such as nature-based scientific tourism.
The project will jointly develop a promotion and marketing strategy for the effective marketing of science tourism products.
Understanding the support and funding system to build commercial partnerships with key stakeholders for the destination and its science tourism products.
Seven market segments for science tourism were identified: