BIN of the Week – Aquatic plants from Rio Meta basin

BIOTOPE IN NATURE – Caño Giramena

Cano Giramena, Rio Meta basin. ©BAP, photo H. Bleher

The Meta River is a major left tributary of the Orinoco River in eastern Colombia and southern Venezuela, South America. The river is 804 km long with the drainage basin is 93,800km².

With the Colombian government’s pledge to drastically increase its cropland, scientists fear savannas and wetlands, including the Rio Meta region, could be at threat. It is expected that palm oil plantation and other cash crops will expand to 7 million hectares by 2020 — an area almost the size of Ireland

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