Cloud Forest Habitat Bank - The Globe
Future, water and sustainability

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Thefirst Habitat Bank to conserve the Bosque de Nieblain Colombia it is located in the Integrated Management District (DMI) Cuchilla Jardín-Támesis. Known as thehydrological star of southwestern Antioquia, this area is within the ecosystems prioritized as being of high interest for conservation in the department of Antioquia.

 

This conservation initiative has an extension of345 hectaresand is inside the El Globo Nature Reserve, which has one of the few remnants ofNative High Andean Forest that are still preserved in the region.

 

The ecosystems within the El Globo Habitat Bank are very important for wildlife as theyprovide connectivity between different habitat patchesand promote the ecosystem balance necessary for the subsistence of various species in various taxonomic groups.

Importance
of the area
selected

The fragments of High Andean forest found within the El Globo Habitat Bank are strategic for regional development sinceprovide important ecosystem services related to water regulation, carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling. On the other hand, these patches of forest are also presented as an exceptional place tocounter pressures on biodiversity from habitat loss and fragmentationto the extent that its extension enables fundamental biological processes for the persistence of many species

 

With the implementation of this Habitat Bank, for a period of 30 years,will conserve 304.08 hectaresof forests,will enrich 27.1 hectaresof secondary vegetation andwill restore 14.29 hectaresof shrublands and pastures in an ecosystem such as the High Andean Forest that, despite having good representation in RUNAP, is highly fragmented throughout the national territory.

If your work, project or activity is in any of the blue areas of the maps that appear on the side, youcan comply with its environmental obligations in this Habitat Bankderived from compulsory investments of no less than 1% or compensation for loss of biodiversity, both mandatory and voluntary.

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Species of conservation importance

According to secondary information and the baseline characterization carried out, in this Habitat Bank we are protecting more than 290 species of birds, 8 amphibians, 24 reptiles, 12 bony fish, 29 butterflies and 76 species of mammals.This wealth is a reflection of the potential that the area presents for conservation, research, birdwatching and environmental education..

Some relevant records are
Yellow-eared Parrot(Ognorhynchus icterotis) and theCrested Eagle(Spizaetus isidori), two bird species that are in the “Endangered” category, and theSpectacled Bear(Tremarctos ornatus) which according to the IUCN red list is in a "Vulnerable" conservation status.

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Findings relevant to science 

During the baseline characterization, 156 botanical collections, from which the following were recorded:

  • Three (3) species of which only their type specimens were known, that is, the specimen with which the description was made.

  • 71 endemic species, 29 species listed in Appendix II of CITES and 20 species on the IUCN red list.

  • Two (2) possible species new to scienceof the genresmeriania(Melastomataceae) andMagnolia(Magnoliaceae).

  • The species is reported for the first time for the department of Antioquia.Habenaria repens(Orchidaceae), previously reported only for the departments of Cundinamarca and Magdalena.

Learn about the experience of the owners of the El Globo Nature Reserve in the process of joining the Habitat Bank!

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“I am very excited about the Habitat Bank”

Interview: Margarita Rosa Serna Agudelo. June, 2021

 

Margarita is part of the Serna family, owners of the property where the Bosque Niebla Habitat Bank - El Globo is now located. When his father died, he took the leadership of the livestock activities that were carried out on the farm. However, and after understanding that a worldwide commitment was beginning to protect water and air, he decided, together with his brothers, to stop the cattle exploitation of El Globo and let the forest recover. Today, 20 years after that decision, he is very happy to start this Banco de Hábitat project. 

- Colombia already has its second Habitat Bank: With the registration of this reserve as a Habitat Bank, located in the municipality of Támesis, it is guaranteed that for at least the next 30 years this place will be a refuge for animals such as the spectacled bear, the yellow-eared parrot and the crested eagle. and for flora species such as wax palms and macana. These banks allow companies and organizations to make investments for the conservation of ecosystems through the purchase of biodiversity credits... See more here.

- Launch of El Globo Habitat Bank (Támesis, Antioquia): Model of environmental innovation in Colombia. See here.

Media coverage of the launch of El Globo Habitat Bank