Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Writing Sources:

Briceño, Ruiz D.  "La Biodiversidad En Los Llanos de Venezuela y Las Prioridades Para Su Conservacion." Asociacion Española de Ecologia Terrestre

Website for region of Arauca:

Website entree made by the World Wildlife Fund:

Website made by an anonymous teacher:

Doña Barbara
In my opinion, it is important to preserve Los Llanos not just because of it biodiversity, but because it is a landmark and has made a cultural influence.  Los Llanos are a natural patrimony to both Columbia and Venezuela, and they should do all they can to preserve them.  The one cultural impact from Los Llanos that I believe is worth mentioning in the novel Doña Barbara.  Since the novel was written in the early 20th century, Doña Barbara became an iconic figure of Los Llanos.  The story takes place in los llanos de Apure and Arauca.  The story focuses a lot on the environment of these savannas having very detailed descriptions and themes such as the interrelation between man and the environment, man vs the environment, the triumph of nature over men,  and the enviroment and man in parallel conflicts.  In 2008 a the novel was adapted into a telenovela by Telemundo, in which the popular Mexican actress, Edith Gonzalez, played the part of Doña Barbara.  The telenovela was shot in Arauca, and so one is able to see the magnificent environment of Los Llanos.  The youtube link below is of a teaser for the telenovela, which has many shots of los Llanos de Arauca:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Future of Los Llanos

It seems that as time keeps on passing the negative human impact in Los Llanos gets worse.  This is because what is causing this negative impact are also big players in the local economy of the various regions of Los Llanos.  For example, in Arauca cattle ranching is the biggest commercial activity.  The cultural connection with cattle ranching, the perfect geographical conditions for cattle ranching, and the economic dependency on cattle ranching tells us that this will not be slowing down anytime soon.  Since the 1980's, when more oil was discovered, became an important part of the economy in Arauca.

There are a few organizations that have put in the effort to try to conserve los Llanos. One of the most prominent is FUDENA which operates in Venezuela.  They have for years pushed the government to create National Forests and wild animal reserves.  Below is a list of both of these that are present in the Venezuelan side of los Llanos.

The chart above was taken from an academic journal "La Biodiversidad en la ecorregion de los llanos de Venezuela y las prioridades para su conservacion."  Written by D. Ruiz Briceño from the  Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre.

FUDENA's current mission is to strengthen the conservation of the biodiversity of the current National Parks and Wild Animal Reserves, and to fight for the future preservation of these areas.  It also is focusing in getting private land owners to commit to being environmentally friendly.  However, the private sector seems to not be cooperating as much as hoped.  Because of this they have recently been heavily focused in giving people of Los Llanos an environmental education so that they can be conscious of their affects on their region, and so that may think of ways of being more sustainable.  Thanks to organizations like FUDENA , the future for Los Llanos does not seem that grim.  There is hope for change, and I hope that in the future more of the private sector can support FUDENA's cause.