1987 – Cuenca alta del rio Pance - Reserva Bachué
2016 – Cuenca alta del rio Pance - Reserva Bachué
In the seventies, and even earlier, naturalists and scientists began to question the impact of the cattle industry and the indiscriminate logging of primary forests on the eastern slope of the Farallones of Cali; feeding the ever increasing wood demands of a city which experienced significant growth over the past century. The naturalists and scientists demonstrated that Cali’s Farallones were an essential habitat to various endemic species of flora and fauna, many of which on the verge of extinction, such as Rupicola peruvianus (the Andean cock-of-the-rock), and Quercus tonduzii (the Black oak) among other species that had not been officially studied at the time. Thus, the need to lead an ecological restoration and sustainable management program became evident. This was important for the conservation of the ecosystem, to counter climate change and to contribute to mitigate the risks faced by Cali, a city seated on a wetland ecosystem.
It was within this context that the Farallones Foundation was founded in Cali in 1987. The first objective was to remove livestock and leave the pastures unharmed to support the natural regeneration of the farms owned by the founding members. Later on, the organization bought additional land for the same purpose. To achieve this aim, in 1990, the Farallones Foundation asked famous painters in the country to donate paintings to be auctioned. The funds obtained from the auction were used to purchase land and to convert the farmhouse of the Hato Viejo cattle ranch, located in the upper river basin at 2300 m.a.s.l , into an education and research site. Over a decade the station housed hundreds of visitors, student groups, and national and foreign researchers until it was burnt down in 2003 due to unfortunate acts of war in the Farallones of Cali.
1990 – Cuenca alta del rio Pance
Art auction to raise funds to buy the Farallones Foundation land.
We thank you again dear painter friend for the helping hand that you extended to us in 1990. The remaining testimony of this generosity are the green strokes and the water that we have been able to “paint” on a barren land and on the hearts of many men and women of this region that today enjoy the Pance River, the river of the inhabitants of Cali, considered today one of the best preserved and restored in the country.
Jesús Antonio Patiño
Juan Fernando Polo
Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar
Ana María Rueda
Carlos Santa Coloma
José Orlando Ramos
Juan Antonio Roda
María Elena Ronderos
Ana María Botero
María Cristina Cortés
Ana Mercedes Hoyos
Consuelo Lago “Nieves”
María Teresa Negreiros
Héctor Fabio Oviedo
Thanks to the gradual acquisition of 18 cattle farms located in the High Pance River Basin, between 1700 and 2400 m.a.s.l, and to programs of natural regeneration, research, environmental education and sustainable development, the Farallones Foundation has succeeded in preserving and recovering the cloud forest in the area, which is rich in biological diversity.
Since 2005 the Farallones Foundation has replicated its native flower species conservation, protection and enrichment activity in the Hato Viejo farm, located in the Yotoco municipality, in the Valle del Cauca. The Foundation has strengthen the preservation work that the Garcés family, owner of the property, had started, in conjunction with the efforts of organizations such as the Cauca Valley Corporation (CVC for its initials in Spanish) and the Environmental Action Fund.
Since the same 2005, the Farallones Foundation has carried out environmental conservation programs in the Valle River Basin, at El Valle village, in the municipality of Bahía Solano, Chocó department.
Today, the Farallones Foundation continues to work in conservation projects in these three Colombian ecosystems: Andean forest, tropical dry forest and tropical rainforest.