We re-connect urban and rural communities with cloud forest to contribute to climate change mitigation, life in land protection, and sustainable cities and communities (Sustainable development goals of UN).
El Bosque y la niebla (The mist and the forest) contributes to protect and restore cloud forest ecosystem (2700 and 2900 meters above sea level) in the Nature Reserve of Civil Society La Ilusión (NRSC LI) which is located in the Eastern mountain range in Colombia. It is located to 52 km from Bogotá (Colombia), one of the six megacities in Latin America and one of the most contaminated.
Since 2007 the Nature Reserve has had a positive impact on El Rosal municipality, in Hondura Tibagota village, located in the Sabana Occidente Province. It has being a role model of private land management, participating in social fabric processes, and raising awareness about the vital link we have with nature.
The NRCS has implemented reconversion and restoration processes in critical degraded areas formerly used for livestock and potato cropping. The conservation and expansion of the original ecosystem have been critical practices for increasing water supply for the region, and raising levels of biodiversity.
So far we have been identified 300 species of native flora (six species of them listed as near extintion). With help of NRCS El Roble , located in the same biological corridor of La Ilusión there have been identified 123 species of birds in the area.
Through out camera trapping we have evidenced the presence of Leopardus tigrinus (Shown in photo, Categorized as VULNERABLE by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species) among other mammals like Choloepus hofmanni, which are wonderful indicators of good health of the cloud forest, besides revealing the urgency of expanding its habitat, and raising awareness for their conservation.
NRSC LI is associated to the Colombian Network of Natural Reserves of Civil Society (Resnatur) that have promoted for 27 years conservation and sustainable production practices in private lands. NRSC LI is working on the process of registration in the RUNAP (A national registry of protected Areas lead by National Parks of Colombia).
El Bosque y la Niebla Foundation was born in 2019 to protect the natural, agricultural and cultural heritage of the cloud forest of unprotected areas of the western ecological structure of Bogotá region. We have stablished an alliance with different actors interested and involved in our mission: Alianza (private sector), Minuto de Dios University, Resnatur, municipal government, another NGOs, and land owners in the influenced area.
1. Strengthening ecosystemic connectivity.
2. Strengthening and creating social fabric (reconciliation nature-city nature-agriculture)
3. Generation of knowledge and socio-environmental education on the influenced area.