Status of registration
Fundación Biodiversa Colombia (FBC) is registered as a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization (NGO) at the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá (La Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá) in Colombia.
Governance and management structure of the group
The foundation is run by our president (Fernando Arbeláez), who reports to a board of directors composed of nine people. Management decisions are made at this level. There are also three administrative staff, including our forest guard, and 11 associated researchers who are involved in various projects. All, except administrative staff, are volunteers. Every year an external auditor verifies our annual financial report and accounting and certifies that it complies with Colombian regulations. We are also under the supervision of the Department of Legal Entities of the City Hall of Bogotá, to which we report annually. We provide periodic and detailed technical and financial reports to our donors, who can attest to our sound financial management and reliability.
Exact location, including geographic coordinates
N 06°48’12.81″ W 074°12’14.23″ Our private reserve, El Silencio Natural Reserve and Research Station, and the neighbouring farms we aim to purchase are located in the Barbacoas District Management Reserve in the Yondó Municipality, Antioquia, Colombia, in the lowlands of the Middle Magdalena Valley (MMV).
Short description of the area and the land to be purchased
The 3,023 hectares of the neighbouring area, Rancho Verde, includes 1,500 hectares of well-preserved forest and some of the largest forest patches in the Barbacoas region, embedded among cattle pastures and wetlands. The ranch also borders the Eastern lake of Barbacoas. The Critically Endangered Brown spider monkeys and Blue-billed curassow are common in the area, as well as other important animal and plant species. We aim to create a core natural refuge area by increasing the connectivity of isolated forest patches.
The main threat to the area is deforestation for cattle rearing. Deforestation also causes the drying of wetlands, soil erosion and poorer water retention in the region after rainfall. In 2010 our studies suggested that at the ongoing deforestation rate, the remaining forests of Barbacoas would disappear by 2025. Despite our positive influence in the area, deforestation is still a major threat. It is therefore critical to protect conservation habitat and continue strengthening our presence in the area.
While the current land owners of Rancho Verde signed a voluntary agreement to conserve the remaining forests, there are no guarantees that new owners would comply. Most likely these last remaining large forest patches of the Barbacoas region would be transformed into pastures; therefore threatened and endemic local populations and biodiversity would vanish.
Estimated value ($) of a single hectare (average)