La Conojera Foundation
Name of organisation
Fundación Humedal La Conejera - FHLC.
Description of the centre:
The Centre operates in the Humedal La Conejera and in the office of the Fundación Humedal La Conejera, located near the main entrance of the Humedal.
The wetland is located in the Central Colombian Andean Highlands. It corresponds to an extensive region, which includes the Bogotá Savannah, located between 2,500 and 2,600 metres above sea level, in the eastern mountain range of the Colombian Andes. It has a cold, sub-humid climate with rainfall ranging between 600 and 1,000 mm, with a tendency to drought towards the south and southwest. Frequent frosts in June and July and December and January, with low intensity winds. Average temperature 12°C. Latitude: 4° 41' North. Longitude: 74° 06' West.
La Conejera Wetland occupies an area of approximately 65 hectares. Between the Suba hills, the Quebrada La Salitrosa (to the east) and the Bogotá River to the west. Its northern margin corresponds to rural properties while the southern margin is in its urbanisation phase.
The Centre's infrastructure within the wetland area is an ecobus (an old bus body) where educational and awareness-raising activities such as conferences, workshops and film forums are held, as well as ecological interpretation trails.
Areas of work
CEPA's main areas of work
In 1993 the La Conejera Wetland was being destroyed by the urban development process, which by then had already filled and urbanised about 70% of its area and was threatening to disappear in a matter of months. In addition, it was receiving wastewater from more than 20 neighbourhoods with a population of 60,000 people.
In that year, a group of neighbours from the area surrounding the La Conejera Wetland decided to create the La Conejera Wetland Foundation and begin a process of defence, recovery and protection of the La Conejera Wetland. In these 16 years of uninterrupted work with the support of national and international non-governmental entities and occasionally governmental entities, we have achieved, among others: i) control of landfills carried out by some developers and invaders, ii) control of wastewater discharges, which involved a legal process of 9 years and 10 months of talks with the EAAB, responsible for 99% of the discharges; iii) demarcation and demarcation; (iv) protective fencing with chain-linked mesh for 2 km and barbed wire for the remaining perimeter; (v) incorporation into the ecosystem and revegetation with more than 100 species of native trees and shrubs of 30 ha of perimeter strip in agreement with the owners of the neighbouring properties; vii) inventory of fauna and flora and ecological zoning of the wetland; vii) restoration of 50% of a sector of the "Maleza de Suba" forest and declaration of Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, this is the last surviving relict of the plain forest of "palo blanco, raque and arrayán", which once existed in La Sabana de Bogotá, these two ecosystems are part of the wetland's micro-watershed; viii) support for 30 scientific research projects through degree theses; ix) involvement of 12 schools in the micro-watershed in the process of defending the wetland through social service and school environmental projects; x) 35 legal, administrative and judicial processes in defence of the wetland; xi) formulation and inclusion of an Environmental Management Plan with mitigation, prevention, correction and compensation measures for the negative environmental impacts on the wetland caused by the Western Longitudinal Avenue project after more than three years of active participation in the formulation and licensing process of the project. All this work has provided us with technical, scientific, legal and educational knowledge that is difficult to value and that can contribute to the cohesion of efforts of greater regional and even national scope.
In the political-environmental field, it has promoted the following processes: i) Management Plan for the micro-watershed of La Reserva Natural Humedal La Conejera formulated, adjusted and included in the Management Plan of the Suba District; ii) Formulation of the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the La Conejera Wetland under the guidelines of the Ramsar Convention and the Technical Guide issued by the Ministry of the Environment, according to resolution 157 of 2004, in agreement with the EAAB; iii) Declaration of La Conejera Wetland and La Conejera Hill as Natural Reserves of the City and the Maleza de Suba Relictual Forest as a Flora and Fauna Sanctuary and their incorporation into the District System of Protected Areas of the Capital District, by means of Agreements 19 of 1994 and 27 of 1995 of the District Council and the Territorial Ordering Plan Decree 619 of 2000 issued by the Mayor's Office of Bogota; iv) Protagonist participation in the formulation of the Wetlands Policy of the Capital District (2004 - 2. 008), which changed the model of transformation of these surviving ecosystems into parks for mass recreation, which had been promoted by the Capital District. The new policy orients intervention towards ecological restoration, scientific research and environmental education.
At the national level, the following stand out: i) Active participation in the process of signing the Ramsar Convention by the Colombian government (1997); ii) Participation in the formulation of the National Wetlands Policy (2000); iii) Participation in the formulation of Regional Action Plans for environmental management in wetlands, led by the Ministry of Environment; iv) Participation in a number of national and regional events as speakers to disseminate the successful experience of the Participatory Environmental Management model in the defence, recovery and sustainable management of La Conejera Wetland. This has turned the wetland into a CEPA that is now in its 16th year of uninterrupted work.
CEPA Wetland La Conejera. La Conejera Wetland Foundation - FHLC.
Marxia Motta Chavarro
Cra. 136D No. 153 - 14 Apt. 202
Bogotá, D.C., Cundinamarca, Colombia
Contact: Germán Galindo Hernández
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