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Laguna Pedro Palo - Reserva Tenasuca, Colombia

This project is located in a community reserve outside of Bogota, Colombia, in montane Andean oak forest. Plantings are performed by members of the reserve association, which includes a small NGO and local landowners.

2-3 hectares were planted around a lake in 1998, these plantings were predominantly Andean oak (Quercus humboltii), this forest area reached canopy closure in 2010-2013. Reserve managers believe that this oak buffer area helps to maintain a constant water level of the lake, by recharging a continuous supply of groundwater throughout the year.

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Restoration of the Cerros Orientales de Bogota - Jardin Botanico de Bogota

The Jose Celestino Mutis Botanic Garden of Bogota works with the Municipal government of Bogota in order to restore and rehabilitate various areas of forest habitat around the city of Bogota.

The most extensive plantings are conducted in the Cerros Orientales, hills located on the outskirts of Bogota. This very steep mountain area had been cleared and was subject to severe erosion, and was planted with exotic pine and eucalyptus throughout the 19th and 20th century. Parts of this forest continue to be grazed for cattle, and many areas have also been invaded by the invasive European gorse (Ulex europaeus).

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Memorias del I Congreso Colombiano de Restauración Ecológica

Background

These proceedings summarize the 11 Master Conferences at the "I Congreso Colombiano de Restauración Ecológica y II Simposio de Nacional de Experiencias en Restauración" in 2009. It includes information from dozens of forest restoration projects in Colombia. Most projects are restoration experiements with native species forest restoration in the montane zone of Colombia, although some reports describe projects in lowland humid forest, dry forest, and high mountain páramo.

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Rio Bogota - Fundacion al verde vivo

This project attempts to restore riparian forest along the headwaters of the Rio Bogota, upstream of the city of Bogota.

Since 2003, the Fundacion al verde vivo has worked with volunteers to plant trees along the riparian corridor. Many areas along the riverbanks were previously used for cattle pasture, leather tanneries, or other small constructions. Local laws require that certain distances of riparian buffer are maintained as forest, but these regulations are rarely enforced.

Plantings are conducted in rows with 1-2 meter spacing. Alnus plantings from 2005 form a canopy, and mid-successional species of oak, Spanish cedar, and other highland Andean trees are planted in gaps and in the understory.

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Clean Development Mechanism - Reforestation Projects, San Nicholas and Chinchina, Colombia

background

The CDM permits these projects to generate carbon credits based on the amount of carbon sequestered in trees that will be planted on private land currently used for agriculture.

Goals & approach

These two projects plan to use the clean development mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol to sell carbon credits via reforestation and afforestation.

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Potencial de regeneracion del banco de semillas germinable de un bosque subandino: implicaciones para la restauración ecologica (Regeneration potential of the germinable seedbank of a sub-Andean forest: Implications for ecological restoration)

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Catalago preliminar de la flora vascular de los bosques subandinos de la Cuchilla el Fara, Santander–Colombia (Preliminary catalogue of vascular plants of the sub-andean forests of Cuchilla el Fara, Santander-Colombia)

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antecedentes

La Región Andina de Colombia cuenta con una gran biodiversidad y concentra el 77.4% de la población total del país. Esfuerzos para la conservación y manejo sostenible de los bosques andinos vienen siendo implementados en el país como parte de una estrategia nacional.

objetivos y metodología

El estudio busca generar una lista preliminar de las plantas vasculares de los bosques sub-andinos de La Cuchilla El Fara, Santander, Colombia, incluyendo información ecológica de las especies registradas.

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Diversidad y dinámica de un bosque subandino de altitud en la región norte de los Andes colombianos (Diversity and dynamics in a high altitude sub-Andean forest en the northern Colombian Andes)

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antecedentes

Los estudios de la dinámica natural de los bosques de montaña han recibido muy poca atención en Colombia. Contar con información sobre las tasas de mortalidad y reclutamiento es especialmente importante para su conservación.

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Reconversión ganadera en Florencia-Caquetá (Colombia)

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Towards recovery of native dry forest in the Colombian Andes: a plantation experiment for ecological restoration

Background

Regeneration of native forest after disturbances, especially in arid and semi-arid regions, often progresses slowly or is arrested at a successional stage. This study evaluates the effectiveness of native tree plantings as a restoration strategy in a semi-arid Andean valley.

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