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Yubarta, the humpback whale

From the documentary series: Colombia Megadiversa

About the project

 



Humpback whales live in every ocean on earth. They come from their feeding areas located in the south of the continent and from Antarctica's coast. Year after year, after travelling more than 8000 kilometers, they arrive to the colombian pacific coast where they give birth and raise their calves. During the last years, spotting these giant mammals has become a great attraction for tourists in the colombian pacific coast (one of the places with highest biodiversity on earth). Being an economic alternative to the communities, it has generated a need to control this activity in order to avoid possible conflicts between humans and whales. This chapter seeks all people to connect with the yubarta whale, learn about this magnificent species, their natural environment and encourage conservation.

 

Series documentary on the biodiversity of Colombia. A nature documentary photographer, whom for 20 years recorded biodiversity of Colombia, a filmmaker, and a large team of people in the audiovisual, scientific and environmental areas, work through the natural areas of Colombia in search of some of the most vulnerable  species like the jaguar, the andean bear, the tapir, the Cauca Guan, the whale yubarta, among other, recording its natural history, learning about their environment and the way in which people share the territory with the flora and fauna that surrounds them, to make the documentary and photography a tool of environmental awareness on the importance of biological diversity.

Taking awesome pictures and videos is not enough. They are actually a useful tool to make the beautiful biodiversity from jungle and oceans of Colombia known. It is the way to raise people’s awareness about its protection. The crew is composed by highly trained photographers who dedicate their lives to registrar wildlife and colombian ecosystems, second place on earth in megadiversity.

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What are the funds for?

 

We require 82.000 euros to give impetus to our project.I nitially we count on you to    raise 21.000 euros, wich we´ll cover the first of three stages of this chapter:

First Stage, Scouting, Investigation and Preproduction.

About the project owner

 


Is a project that integrates elements of audiovisual, publishing, artistic, scientific and educational registering nature in video and photography, using such images in different products and activities as tools of awareness and environmental education on the importance of biodiversity. This proposal was born with Edwin Laverde, who is fully connected with nature, knows it, investigates it and has been displaying it through its nearly 40 exhibitions throughout his 20 years as a nature photographer. Supported by a large team of professionals in the areas of scientific, audiovisual, artistic, educational, and communications, Laverde develops all its proposals.

 

 

 

Omacha Foundation is an environmental, non-profit, nongovernmental organization (NGO), created with the aim of studying, researching and conserving wildlife and the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in Colombia. Its work seeks to create strategies for the conservation, and proper use of aquatic and terrestrial resources for the communities living in the areas.

Web: www.omacha.org/

It’s an NGO that aims to strengthen the institutional development of non-governmental environmental initiatives in Colombia, support their activities and serve as an international contact point, to channel the efforts for the benefit of the achievement of the conservation objectives of the country.

Web: www.conservation.org.co/

The Yubarta Foundation was founded in 1991 in order to ensure the long-term studies of humpback whales that began in 1986 in Gorgona, Colombia Science Island. Its mission is the conservation of the biodiversity in the aquatic ecosystems through scientific research and environmental education. With financial support from national and foreign entities, the Foundation has managed to expand knowledge of aquatic mammals through different aspects as biological, population, migration, genetic, behavioral and conservation with an emphasis on the Humpback (Yubarta) Whale, positioning it as a significant resource of Colombian biodiversity. They are already 30 years of research on humpback whales and 1100 of them identified in the  Colombian Pacific coast.

 

 

                      

 

 

                                              French Voice off : Louise Septet  /  English Voice off: Victoria Robinson   

                      French Translation: Julie Ducloux - Celine Billard /  English Translation : Paola González - Evelyn Mustafic

 

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FAQ’S: Frequently Asked Questions.

THE HUMPBACK WHALE

WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE THIS WHALE HAVE IN THE WORLD?

Not only the fact, that a living being is important, The Yubarta whale is a species that requires a large territory to meet its needs. This is an "umbrella species" which means that protecting this species we will be protecting other species in its territory that are part of their food chain and the ecosystem.

WHERE WILL THE CHAPTER YUBARTA, HUMPBACK WHALE BE PRODUCE?

 It will be produced in the Colombian Pacific. It is a privileged place where whales can be seen from June to October.

WHY YUBARTA WHALES REACH THE PACIFIC COAST?

Yubarta whales arrive to the pacific coast to mate and reproduce.

YUBARTA CHAPTER.  WHO ENDORSE SCIENTIFICALLY THIS DOCUMENTARY?

This chapter is endorsed by Omacha Foundation, Yubarta Foundation, International Conservation, and the Colombian Alliance For The whales.

WHERE CAN I FIND THIS CHAPTER?

You will find it on the internet for free and in 3 languages (Spanish, English and French)

WOULD I BE ABLE TO TRAVEL WITH YOU FOR THE REALIZATION OF THIS DOCUMENTARY?

The production team on this documentary is already defined by their experiences and talents. It is a team of experts in the different audiovisual areas and is based on previously organized logistics. You can however purchase the following reward:

ADVENTURE IN THE PACIFIC WITH SIGHTING OF WHALES. WORKSHOP AND HUNCHBACK PACKAGE: 4 nights 5 days. Please take a look at reward number 12.

WOULD THE YUBARTA CHAPTER BE RECORDED IN OTHER COUNTRIES?

No, it will only be produced in Colombia. WHY COLOMBIA? Colombia is the second country greatly diverse on the planet, contains a large part of one of the territories referred to as hot spot of biodiversity: biographical Chocó. In addition, many Yubarta whales are "Colombians" because they are born in its continental waters. The Colombian Pacific waters are the nursery for the calves

WHAT IS COLOMBIA MEGADIVERSA?

 Colombia Megadiversa is a documentary series about the biodiversity of Colombia. Is a nature documentary photographer, who for 20 years recorded Colombian biodiversity, is a filmmaker, and a large team of people in the audiovisual, scientific and environmental areas, who travel through the natural areas of Colombia in search of some degree of vulnerability in species as they are the Jaguar, the Spectacled bear (Andean Bear), the Tapir, the Cauca Guan, and the Yubarta Whale among others, recording its natural history, learning about their environment and the way in which people share the territory with the flora and fauna that surrounds them. They make the documentary and photography a tool of environmental awareness on the importance of biological diversity.

WHY DO WE CREATE COLOMBIA MEGADIVERSA?

Colombia Megadiversa was born because the biological diversity of our planet is in serious trouble. The loss of biological diversity affects us directly. One of the causes is ignorance about the total species of flora and fauna and their close relationships. Great efforts are being made worldwide through environmental programs to stop the accelerated extinction of species, many of them disappearing without knowing them or being registered.

IF I WANT TO DONATE, HOW CAN I DO IT FROM COLOMBIA?

You can donate through the platform Ulule by purchasing one of the unique and special rewards that we have for you. You can do it with your credit card or through paypal in a simple process. If you have a problem in your transaction please contact us. You can also use the account of OMACHA Foundation: BANCOLOMBIA savings account number 04881398473. Any amount received on this account will be transferred to the campaign crowdfunding platform Ulule.

HOW MY CONTRIBUTION WILL BE USED?

With your contribution and the contribution of many people we will create the chapter Yubarta, and you will be obtaining a unique reward at the same time that you are helping to spread it for free to millions of people. It will also help local communities to build better methods around fishing and humpback whale watching (ecotourism and responsible fisheries)

BESIDES MONEY WHAT OTHER THINGS DO YOU REQUIRED FOR THE DOCUMENTARY?

We need equipment, apparel, and accessories. We can send you a list of items we need. You can write us to contacto@laverdebiodiversa.com

CAN I HELP WITH DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION THROUGH MY SOCIAL NETWORK?

Yes. It is very important to do so, spreading this project with your family and friends on social networks will help our campaign to reach the goal. You also contribute to raise awareness about the importance of conservation of this and other species.

REWARDS

WHEN WILL THE REWARDS BE AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY?

Each "reward" will have the established delivery months. We will notify you by mail of any concerns and coordination of delivery.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY ADDRESS CHANGES?

In that case please let us know as soon as possible by mail: contacto@laverdebiodiversa.com  and we will coordinate with you the delivery address.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE "REWARD" THAT I WANT  IS OVER?

You will have more options to choose from.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE REWARD I  WANT IS OVER?  

 You will have more options to choose.

CAN I CHANGE MY "REWARD"?

If you choose to upgrade or change your "reward" please write us through the platform or email: contacto@laverdebiodiversa.com

CAN I MAKE A CONTRIBUTION FOR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER?

Yes you can. Send us by e-mail the beneficiary’s name and address for us to send the reward.

HOW I KNOW  MY CONTRIBUTION WAS SUCCESSFUL?

You will be notify  immediately via email.  If your contribution is successful, an automatic confirmation e-mail will be sent to the email address you provided during the process of contribution.

I TRIED TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION, BUT IT DID NOT SUCCEED.

If this happens to you, please immediately contact us to the emailcontacto@laverdebiodiversa.com

IF WE WROTE SOMETHING WRONG / HAD THE WRONG LINK / OR WE MADE A MISTAKE IN THE DETAILS.

Please contact us to inform us about our mistake. Thank you in helping us improve the campaign!

I ASKED A QUESTION TO THE CAMPAIGN. WILL I RECEIVE A RESPONSE?

We have friendly people in our team that you will answer your questions. You can rest assure that someone will read your question and will try to respond as soon as possible.

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY OF THE CAMPAIGN?

We are raising all our funds in Euros and dollars

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WHO ARE THE MAKERS OF THE CHAPTER YUBARTA?

We are a group of Colombian friends, professionals in the areas of scientific, audiovisual, artistic, educational, and communications. www.laverdebiodiversa.com

WHICH NGO'S ARE INVOLVED WITH THIS DOCUMENTARY?

Omacha Foundation http://omacha.org

Yubarta Foundation

 International Conservation  http://www.conservation.org.co/) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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