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Colombian Soldiers Lead Ecological Mission in High-Altitude Wetlands – January 25, 2018

Innovative army program aims to restore country's war-torn landscapes, safeguard drinking water supply

Camouflaged soldiers move through the dense fog of Colombia’s Páramo de Sumapaz, a high-altitude wetland overlooking the capital, Bogotá. Although this wetland has been the site of years of intense fighting between government and rebel forces, the soldiers posted here are not engaged in military action — they’re gardening.

photo of Colombian Army restoration workPhoto courtesy of Batallón de Alta Montaña Número 1 Colombian soldiers have embarked on an ambitious effort to cultivate adn restore the endangered cactus-like frailejón.

The soldiers in the Páramo de Sumapaz belong to Colombia’s First High Mountain Battalion (BAM, for its Spanish name). Trained to hunt their opponents over… more

by: Forest Ray

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