German Garcia Duran
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The Bogotá River's basin is located in the most populated region of Colombia. Within the basin are the world-renowned city of Bogotá (with more than 7 million residents) and several other towns and cities. The Bogotá River is one of the world's most polluted rivers given the enormous amount of waste water that such a large human population generates and that often reaches the river untreated or with minimal treatment. The existing treatment plants can manage only a small portion of Bogotá's waste water. Most of Bogotá's sewage flows untreated into the river. The middle river basin runs for 70 kilometers adjacent to the city of Bogotá. Throughout this portion of the basin, the city contributes massively to the river's pollution. The small towns located in the upper river basin also discharge into the river a large portion of their domestic effluent - either untreated or inadequately treated. Despite efforts to curb industrial pollution, some key industries continue to discharge heavy metals and other toxics into the river. Additionally, cattle ranching and potato fields contribute significantly to the sediment and agrochemical loads.
Mr. Germán García Duran, the Bogotá Riverkeeper, is a long time environmental advocate. A civil and environmental engineer by training, Mr. García Durán served as General Manager of Colombia’s National Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and Environment. He is also a former university professor and a former Colombian career diplomat who twice served as Ambassador of Colombia to Kenya and Colombia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations offices in Nairobi, which include the U.N. Environment Program. While in Kenya, he was Chairman of the Group of 77, a loose coalition of developing nations, designed to promote its members' collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the U.N. Additionally, he served as Vice President of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, and is currently Executive President of Rio Urbano, the parent organization of Bogotá Riverkeeper.
AC 116 #14A-06, Apt 501
Bogota DC, 110111