About Corporación Ambiental La Pedregoza
The Reserva Natural La Pedregoza was founded by a Canadian family in 2010 for the purpose of conserving local Orinoco River basin flora and fauna. It was registered with Resnatur in January of 2011 and declared a protected area by Colombia's Parques Nacionales Naturales or PNN pursuant to Resolution 96 of August 28, 2014. A non-profit NGO called Corporación Ambiental La Pedregoza, (La Pedregoza Environmental Corporation) with NIT 900.519.019-3 was set up to operate and manage the natural reserve and its various programs. Right from its inception the Reserva Natural La Pedregoza has entered into agreements with other institutions to promote its conservation objectives. Dexter Dombro, one of the natural reserve's founders, was named to the IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas or WCPA, in part due to our efforts at La Pedregoza.
Some of the noteworthy affiliations of the Reserva Natural La Pedregoza include the renowned Omacha Foundation of Bogotá, Colombia, the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, Europe's Tree-Nation based in Barcelona, Spain, the Instituto de Ciencias Naturales at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia, the Faculty of the Environment and Natural Resources at the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas in Bogotá, Colombia, and the William L. Brown Center's sacred seeds program at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, USA, to name just a few of our conservation and scientific research associates.
The non-profit NGO is governed by a board of directors which provides the vision and dedication needed to make the Reserva Natural La Pedregoza and the programs conducted by the Corporación Ambiental La Pedregoza a success. Some of the required funding comes from Amazonia Reforestation and from CO2 Tropical Trees. The Corporación Ambiental La Pedregoza is one of the 10 entities that signed the declaration creating the Protected River el Bita (Río Protegido el Bita) project, a world first being led by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute in Bogotá, Colombia. The natural reserve is located some 67 km (41 miles) from the Orinoco River port city of Puerto Carreño in Vichada, Colombia. We would greatly appreciate the support and help we have received, making South America's Reserva Natural La Pedregoza an important element in Orinoco River basin conservation and biodiversity preservation efforts.
Thanks to our native tree species program at Reserva Natural La Pedregoza the Wildlife Conservation Society invited our NGO to participate in a landscape conservation program called Proyecto Vida Silvestre, funded by Ecopetrol, Colombia's largest oil company, for the restoration of degraded areas in the Rio Bita basin. One early donation that was extremely helpful was made by France's spot-image satellite agency, whose Planet-Action NGO donated detailed infra-red satellite imagery of the natural reserve. This allowed us to understand the natural drainage system and vegetation cover of the area. Since our inception we have been very active in the rescue of giant Podocnemis river turtles, participating in a regional program called "Atsapani" with the Omacha and Palmarito Foundations, which includes designing a regional conservation strategy together with Corporinoquia, the Orinoco River basin's autonomous environmental authority.
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