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Corredor Ecológico Recreativo CO

TeamDiana Wiesner
LocationBogotá, Colombia
DescriptionThe city of Bogotá, Colombia is defined by the beautiful natural boundary of the Forest Reserve of the eastern hills.

But the high level of ecosystem degradation and deterioration of the original forest that once existed in the eastern hills, demands the development of social inclusion initiatives for the recovery of this heritage in the region. For this reason it is proposed to consolidate an area of ​​environmental management and soil protection, called Ecological and Recreational Corridor Eastern hills

The Bogota ecological corridor will have 53 kilometers from the northern tip to the southern tip of the city with three main strategies:
1) Social strategy, intends to bring people into contact with the mountains and foster a sense of collective ownership to the land.
Two.) Biophysics Strategy, seeks to maintain and restore the environmental assets of the corridor, increase ecological connectivity of the hills with the city and the region and also restore the biodiversity of ecosystems.
Three.) Space infrastructure strategy aims to physically demarcate the border of the city with the reservation through pathways, learning stations, and viewpoints, in order to control urban development on the slopes of the mountain.

In addition to the creation of new recreation areas, the corridor will promote basic human relations and environmental values. The trails and meeting areas serve as a mechanism to enable social interaction and promote a shared sense of ownership. Residents who live along the corridor may participate as guides, teachers, and stewards of the environment and help share the history of the mountains and advocate for their protection. Public participation and enjoyment of the corridor also awaken memory and affection for our mountains, and educate the public about the flora and fauna.

The corridor will be constructed with environmentally sensitive materials, such as crushed stone and brick, there will be bridges, wooden walkways, outdoor classrooms and lookout. The construction of this infrastructure can be managed by the residents themselves, with the support of government and other stakeholders.

Ecological restoration is targeted mainly to control the invasion of non-native vegetation through the establishment of nurseries of native species with the collaboration of Bogota Botanical Garden, and also focus on watershed restoration. Forest reserve the eastern hills and its watershed are inextricably linked, so that planning should be done from a macro perspective. Most of the Bogotá water is supplied by its mountains and therefore it is essential that this precious resource is conserved. Our goal is to create a hydrological network adapted to the urban environment, which includes the restoration and maintenance of the natural state of water bodies including reservoirs, streams, wetlands and river Bogotá.

Currently, the streams originate in the mountains, but when they arrive to the city, simply become concrete-lined underground channels. We intend to raise the channels at street level and bring people into contact with water, generating greater awareness of the role of water in our urban environment. Additionally, the areas at the foot of the mountain that have been subjected to flooding shall be designed to be used both and during the dry and wet seasons.
In 1950, there were an estimated 20,234 acres of wetlands associated with the river Bogota and in 2009, there were less than 1,000 acres remaining. This project intends to restore our wetlands and create additional wetlands to mitigate flooding, improve water quality and increase biodiversity.
Start date01-07-2012
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