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Victoria Natural Reserve
Victoria Natural Reserve
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Rural, Melgar, Tolima, CO
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Dry Tropical

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Victoria Natural Reserve

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Victoria Natural Reserve, is a project to contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of tropical dry forest biodiversity, education, ecotourism and development of permaculture in the municipality of Melgar, Tolima, Colombia.

Project Description

The tropical dry forest in the world is one of the most threatened ecosystems. In Colombia is less than 1.5% of its original coverage. In the municipality of Melgar (the most tourist cities located 90 km southwest of the capital Bogotá), dry forest is disappearing rapidly, and in general in the department of Tolima. On the other hand rural communities face many critical challenges to the sustainable management of these ecosystems. It is therefore urgent to raise awareness and knowledge needed to conserve its biodiversity. Also, make tourism an ally in the dry forest conservation Melgar and promote sustainable management of farms.
Project site location: village of La Primavera, municipality of Melgar, Tolima. 10 km to the northeast of Melgar, geographical coordinates: 4 ° 14'07'' North Latitude and 74 ° 35'07'' west longitude. Altitude: 800 m, temperature about 22 °C minimum, maximum 37 °C.
Ecosystems: dry forest (subhumid) and natural grasslands in the mountains.
Agroecosystem dominant traditional shade coffee and cacao.

Fauna of focal importance: Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), Deer Zoch (Mazama americana), Borugo (Agouti paca), agouti (Dasyprocta punctata), fox (Procyon carnivorus), parrots, amog other species are endangered by habitat degradation.
Timber species and seed source interest: Caracolí (Anacardium excelsum), diomate (Astronium graveolens), cedar (Cedrela odorata), cape (Machaerium capote), bamboo (Guadua angustifolia), among other species.
Major threats: long summers, fires, deforestation, hunting and loss of traditional knowledge.


1) Promote social organization through the Association of Nature Reserves and farm agro-ecotourism, 2) Develop participatory characterization, biophysical and socioeconomic status of the farms (farm system) as input and baseline, 3) Develop the Management Plan of nature reserves, with future support, 4) Design and development of specific projects (agro-ecotourism, forestry, restoration, Zoocría, Education, Permaculture), and 5) Search for financial resources and financial sources of municipal order , departmental, national and international levels to achieve social, economic, environmental and culturally sustainable, families and nature reserves Melgar dry forest.


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