The Seaflower biosphere reserve, a listed UNESCO world heritage site as part of the Man and Biosphere Programme, is a small marine territory situated at the heart of the San Andrés archipelago in the Caribbean. The region is one of the largest biosphere reserves in the world and home to a coral reef of inestimable value.
However, the coral reef and its inhabitants are in danger. As a result of mass tourism in the area, the industries that have established there, overexploitation of the ocean, overpopulation on the neighbouring islands, pollution and climate change, the reserve is under unsustainable pressure and the entire ecosystem is dying. Add to this the ongoing international conflict regarding sovereignty of the area: there is a long-standing dispute between Colombia and Nicaragua over the territory, which has weakened protection of the reserve.