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First South American Eden Project announced for Colombia at COP26

Glasgow, 1 November 2021: The Eden Project announced plans to open its first South American site in Colombia’s Meta region at an event held on the first day of the COP26 global summit.


Representatives of the Eden Project, Colombian Government, British Embassy in Colombia and the Humboldt Institute at the launch of Eden Project Colombia at COP26 in Glasgow


The announcement was made at the Eden Project’s Pavilion, and was attended by dignitaries including:

•    His Excellency President Iván Duque
•    Lord (Zac) Goldsmith of Richmond Park, Minister for Pacific and the Environment
•    Carlos Correa, Colombia’s Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development
•    David Harland, Chief Executive of Eden Project International
•    Hernando García, Director of the Humboldt Institute
•    Colin Martin-Reynolds CMG, British Ambassador to Colombia
•    Antonio José Ardila, Colombian Ambassador to the UK

The Eden Project International team will work alongside the Colombian Ministry of the Environment and the Humboldt Institute to establish how an Eden Project in the Meta region of Colombia might look, ensuring that it continues to embody the Eden ethos of highlighting the importance of the natural world. The process will include the early stages of site investigation and vision development, with the first phase expected to be completed by the end of 2021. 

Announcing the launch of what would become the first Eden Project in South America, Eden Project International Chief Executive, David Harland said: 

 “We are excited to start this journey of discovery together to explore the creation of an Eden Project for Colombia, and the high level attendees at today’s event reflects just how important this is for both countries.

“Colombia is a country of huge natural world riches and is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, as well as having varied cultures and a rich history. We relish the opportunity to work in such an incredible environment and look forward to working with our partners to bring the Eden message to South America for the first time at scale.”

President Iván Duque of Colombia said:

 “The opportunity to bring such an influential and iconic institution as Eden Project to Colombia is testament to the work we have done to better understand and promote our outstanding biodiversity and sustainability, including pledging some of the most ambitious net zero carbon emission and net zero deforestation targets in the region. Today’s announcement is also a reflection of the powerful partnership that exists between the UK and Colombia, and we hope that this new project will foster stronger ties between our two countries, including around ecotourism, research, environmental education and orange economy. We look forward to welcoming Colombian, British and other international visitors to the department of Meta so that they can discover the megadiversity of this special corner of Colombia and throughout the rest of the country.”

Lord (Zac) Goldsmith of Richmond Park, Minister for Pacific and the Environment, added:

"Colombia is one of the wonders of the world, a country of near-unparalleled beauty and a biodiversity superpower. Protecting its nature, upon which the whole world relies, and at a time when so many natural systems are under threat, is of paramount importance. I‘m confident that Eden Colombia will be a source of joy and inspiration, supporting the great work the country is already doing on the social, ecological and economic regeneration of the Meta region, after so many difficult decades for communities there. The UK is committed to continuing to work with Colombia, and the strong partnership between our two countries is grounded in the understanding that securing the future of Colombia’s incredible land and ocean will bolster a sustainable peace and prosperity for the Colombian people – and that is vitally important for our shared future as well."

Carlos Correa, Colombia’s Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development went on to say: 

“The immersive ethos of the Eden Project will enable visitors to the proposed new site in our Meta region the chance to truly experience Colombia’s amazing biodiversity, providing a space for them to learn and become advocates for the importance of conservation. As well as being an epicentre of megadiversity in Colombia, Meta is also a post-conflict region. The arrival of an Eden Project will galvanise the sustainable reactivation of the region and complement our wider efforts within the Environment Ministry to promote sustainable tourism, green business, environmental education and research and development as key pillars for Colombia’s social and economic future.”

Hernando García, Director of Colombia’s Humboldt Institute, who will support the feasibility study in Colombia concluded by saying:

“Colombia is an important biodiversity hotspot, which makes it one of the most interesting places to conduct environmental scientific research and to develop a modern, productive and sustainable economy. The proposed location of the Eden Project in Meta is where some of the country’s most biodiverse regions collide: the Amazon rainforest, the Andes mountain range and the Orinoquía plains and will undoubtedly be the catalyst for nature-based productive activities, research, tourism and related activities that will boost prosperity and promote sustainability here. It’s a landmark project for Colombia that we very much hope will become a reality.”
Eden Project Colombia is part of a growing portfolio of new Eden Projects being developed around the world. Eden’s ambition is to build a new Eden on every inhabited continent.