November 19th, 2012, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, The Netherlands, issued their final judgement and boundary re-definition between Colombia and Nicaragua in the Western Caribbean <http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/124/17162.pdf
>. Although the inhabited islands and some of the other keys in the Archipelago of San Andres, Old Providence and Sta. Catalina have been retained as Colombian territory, the decision has had a massive impact on much of the banks and offshore reefs in the Department, including the transfer of 54% of the marine area of the Marine Protected Area to Nicaragua, and an estimated 77% of the total reef area of the UNESCO-declared Seaflower Biosphere Reserve. (The poster copied below also shows that Nicaragua has already declared much of this area as oil exploration zones.)
The latest posting to the CORALINA Facebook pages includes this letter from CORALINA to UNESCO -- <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coralina-y-la-Reserva-de-Biosfera-Seaflower/120219398045168
Also, see the informative and colorful poster copied below, and dive master Peter Bello's request to sign a petition to UNESCO.
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Sign the petition "UNESCO: To include San Andres Archipelago in UNESCO World Heritage list" on Change.org
It's important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:
PEDRO ABELLO of San Andres
Island Resources Foundation --- irf@...
40 Years of Environmental Service to Small Tropical Islands
1718 "P" St NW, # T-4 Fone 202/265-9712
Washington, DC 20036 Potter cell: 1-443-454-9044
Other offices in Tortola and St. Thomas, USVI