The FIMA International Environment Fair is a meeting place for various private and public initiatives that promote the commercialization and promotion of goods, services, programs and environmental projects in the region. Its objective is to make an echo through entrepreneurs and government actors to implement technologies to improve their production processes and make strategic alliances aligned with global environmental needs, along with academia and research.
This is a scenario that has been consolidated for 10 years and organized by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, where the challenges in environmental public policy for the country and the region are presented, summoning various actors who are working for a future towards the sustainability and aligned with the objectives of sustainable development. The sixth edition of the fair from June 19th to 23rd, 2018 was carried out under the slogan "Peace is in Nature."
For this edition, the Ministry summoned the European Union and the organizations and institutions that it has been supporting to promote and develop sustainable development processes within the framework of the construction of peace from the territories in Colombia.
Slow Food together with its local partners, Fundación ACUA and La Corporación Ambiental and Desarrollo Sostenible Coralina, were present with the Slow Fish Caribbean project. There we had the opportunity to publicize our local initiatives related to the use and sustainable management of marine and coastal resources in the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, Sea Flower biosphere reserve.
Slow Fish Caribbean has been working with the community to conserve and protect the Black Crab of Providencia, Slow Food Presidia, promoting economic and productive alternatives that help to preserve the species and improve the quality of life of people. Work is currently being carried out with 180 people participating in the value chain from the production, conservation and transformation of the species and progress has been made in forming an alliance of chefs in the territory that promotes the local production and consumption of the black crab and other identity products of the territory cataloged in the Ark of Taste.
During the fair, we have participated in the panel "European Union and Environment", in which David Soto, director of the ACUA Foundation, announced the scope of the project and the progress made so far. We have also participated in the pedagogical workshop for the development of crafts of lionfish, an invasive species that due to its high rate of reproduction, has caused quickly an alarming extinction of Caribbean native fish. The Slow Fish Caribbean project seeks to reduce its population by encouraging its capture for gastronomic and artisanal uses.