Tree-Nation based in Barcelona, Spain, is an on-line community of tree planters, companies and world citizens who have teamed up to develop high standards forestry projects in order to fight climate change, to counter deforestation and to help local economies. They support our native tree program.
Some of our partners in no particular order
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is well known for their operation of zoos in the eastern USA. In Colombia they are involved in a number of conservation projects on a landscape scale. Our NGO is partnered with them in Proyecto Vida Silvestre to plant native trees in degraded areas of the Rio Bita in Vichada.
The Omacha Foundation are some of our oldest conservation friends. We work with them in the Atsapani project for the rescue of giant Podocnemis river turtles, cooperate on native tree projects and seed collection and are partners with them in the Rio Bita Protected River project, a world first, to name just a few shared endeavors.
We work with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on several projects, the most important of which is their Global Forest & Trade Network, to make forestry projects certified, environmentally friendly and responsive to sustainable development. We are also partners with WWF in the Rio Bita Protected River project, and in Project SuLU for sustainable land use.
One of our important sponsors is CO2 Tropical Trees, who plant rainforest trees for people who want to compensate for their personal or business carbon footprint, and who realize that the government is not going to do it for them. CO2 Tropical Trees can make your car carbon neutral for 10 years, by planting 250 tropical trees.
We enjoy working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on a variety of projects for sustainable development and conservation in Vichada. TNC members and staff are frequent visitors to the Reserva Natural La Pedregoza, and we look forward to ongoing cooperation in well thought-out conservation projects. We first met during Project SuLU for sustainable land use.
Members of the University of Alberta's Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) in Edmonton have made several trips to La Pedregoza, most recently to work with entomologists from the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas of Bogotá. They were the first university to enter into an agreement with us for studies and thesis research.
Professors and students from the Environment and Natural Resources Faculty at the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas of Bogotá have been to La Pedregoza twice to do a major entomological study. We have an agreement with them for research and student internships. They are one of the universities in Colombia with a dedicated forestry department.
The Universidad Nacional de Colombia's Natural Sciences Institute in Bogotá was the first Colombian educational institution to sign a research and student internship agreement with us. Students and professors from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia have since done snake and earthworm studies at Reserva Natural La Pedregoza.
Amazonia Reforestation sponsors some of the costs of maintaining and operating the Reserva Natural La Pedregoza. They plant tropical trees for profit, but also have a strong natural silviculture program and are active promoters of native tree species in Vichada. They are strong believers in sustainable socio-economic development that keeps our environment healthy.
The Asociación Gremial Agroforestal Vichadense (AGAF) is a local non-profit NGO dedicated to promoting sustainable agroforestry practices in Vichada. We work with them in areas of natural silviculture, native tree species and carbon sequestration. We also act as consultants to them in environmental management planning.
Colombia's foremost research institution is the Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt in Bogotá. They are the group leader of the Río Bita Protected River project, and have also helped out with our turtle rescue efforts through the Atsapani project. We both have a lot of work ahead of us.
We are proud to work with the good folks of the Fundación Orinoquia, who have dedicated themselves to developing a sustainable fishery and sports fishing industry in the Orinoco River basin. This includes a hatchery program and the promotion of pisciculture in rural areas. They are a member of the Río Bita Protected River project and have helped the turtle rescue program.
The Reserva Natural La Pedregoza is registered with the national parks system of Colombia ("PNN") pursuant to resolution 96 of August 28, 2014. We're also registered with PNN as an articulating organization to promote the creation of new natural reserves and conservation in protected areas. We're also working with PNN on the creation of a national conservation agreement registry.
The Reserva Natural La Pedregoza is a member of the Colombian Network Association of Civil Society Natural Reserves or Resnatur. We have worked with Resnatur in the project for sustainable production in rural areas of the Orinoquia, as well as in other conservation and protected area projects.
Analog Forestry is an approach to ecological restoration which uses natural forests as guides to create ecologically stable and socio-economically productive landscapes. We have been a member of the International Analog Forestry Network ("IAFN") for some time now and look to implement many of their principles in our projects.
La Pedregoza Environmental Corporation has an agreement with SENA, Colombia's national apprenticeship service, to assist SENA students with internship placements where they can learn practical skills, primarily in environmental, forestry and agricultural settings. Puerto Carreño's SENA branch is helping with our Sacred Seeds Botanical Garden.
The Corporación Ambiental La Pedregoza is proud to be one of the 10 founders of the Bita Alliance for the world's first protected river. The Río Bita is in Vichada and the Reserva Natural La Pedregoza has 7 KM of river front along the Bita. As our Alliance gathers steam we will be posting more and more information on this project.
Thanks to a program started by the Missouri Botanical Gardens, we have established a Sacred Seeds Botanical Garden in the Reserva Natural La Pedregoza. The purpose is to establish an ethno-botanical garden dedicated to the preservation of traditional medicinal and alimentary trees and plants of the Orinoco River basin.
Our non-profit, non governmental organization ("NGO") is called the Corporació Ambiental La Pedregoza or La Pedregoza Environmental Corporation. It is the operator of the Reserva Natural La Pedregoza and the entity that carries out a lot of the conservation and biodiversity programs in which we are involved.