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Our history

1987 – Pance river upper basin - Bachué Reserve  
2016 – Upper Pance river basin - Bachué Reserve
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In the 70's, and even before, naturalists and scientists demanded the suspension of cattle ranching and the felling of primary forests on the eastern slope of the Farallones de Cali, which They supplied the wood demanded by a city that during the last century had an overwhelming growth. They argued that the Farallones de Cali are the habitat of endemic species of both flora and fauna and that many of them were in danger of extinction, such as the cock-of-the-rock, the black oak and others that had not been evaluated. It became then evident the need to lead a program for the ecological restoration of the area and its sustainable management of the ecosystem, as well as the need to counteract climate change and contribute to mitigating the risk that Cali is experiencing because it is located in a system of wetlands.

In this context, the Farallones Foundation was born in Cali in 1987 and the first strategy was to withdraw livestock and abandon pastures to promote natural regeneration   on farms owned of the founding partners. Later, the foundation bought properties  for the same purpose. To achieve this, in 1990 it was proposed  to many painters in the country the donation of a work to be auctioned. With the funds obtained from the auction, land was purchased and the house on the Hato Viejo estate, in the upper part of the basin at 2,300 meters above sea level, was refurbished as a station for environmental education and a headquarters for researchers. For a decade, the station housed hundreds of hikers, student groups and national and foreign researchers, and in 2003 it was set on fire during the fateful acts of war waged in the Farallones de Cali.

1990 – Upper Pance river basin

Art auction held to finance purchase of land from the Farallones Foundation.

We thank you again, painter friend, for that supportive hand that you gave us in 1990 and of which remain as proof, brushstrokes of green and water that we have managed to capture on a piece of deforested land and on the hearts of many men and women of this region. that today enjoy the Pance River, the river of the Caleños, considered today one of the best restored and preserved in the country.

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Anthony Grass

Manuel Hernandez

Plutarco Hydrobo

Bernardino Labrada

Victor Laignelet

Arnulfo Luna

Diego Mazuera

Jose Mine

Oscar Munoz

Alejandro Obregon

Jesus Antonio Patino

John Ferdinand Polo

Eduardo Ramirez Villamizar

Johnny Rasmussen

Omar Ray

Carlos Rojas

Anna Maria Rueda

Charles Santa Coloma

German Silva

Hernando Tejada

Walter Tello

Gustavo Zalamea

Pilar Zea

Diego Pombo

Joseph Orlando Ramos

gerardo ravassa

Juan Antonio Rhodes

Maria Elena Ronderos

Enrique Sanchez

Mercedes Sebastian

Enrique Tamayo

Lucy Tejada

Alexander Valencia

elsa zambrano

Jim Amaral

Beatrice Angel

Antonio Azcona

Samira Betancourt

louis knight

Amparo Colony

Pillar Pompadour

Danilo Duenas

Rafael Echevarri

Nancy Friedmann

Beatrice Gonzales

Edgar Alvarez

Olga Amaral

Ever Astudillo


Ana Maria Botero

Santiago Cardenas

Martha Combariza

Maria Cristina Cortes

Ana Duran

Fernell Franco

Humberto Giangrandi

Mario Gordillo

Margaret Gutierrez

Ana Mercedes Hoyos

Maripaz Jaramillo

Consuelo Lake "Snows"

Alfredo Lleras

David Manzur

Genaro Mejia

Robert Molano

Maria Theresa Negros

Hector Fabio Oviedo

Mauro Phazan

If you are interested in learning more about the history of the foundation.

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Through the gradual acquisition of 18 cattle farms located in the Upper Pance River Basin between 1,700 and 2,400 meters above sea level, and through the implementation of natural regeneration, research, environmental education and sustainable development programs, the Farallones Foundation ha_cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ managed to conserve and regenerate the cloud forest in the area, which has a wide biological diversity.

Since 2005, the Farallones Foundation has been replicating its work of conservation, protection and floristic enrichment with native species, at Hacienda Hato Viejo, located in the municipality of Yotoco, Valle del Cauca. The Foundation has strengthened this preservation work that the Garcés family, owner of the property, had already been carrying out, joining forces with organizations such as the CVC and the Environmental Action Fund.

Also since that same year, the Farallones Foundation has been developing  environmental conservation programs  in la El Río Valle river basin municipality, Bahía Solano, department of Chocó. 

Currently, the Farallones Foundation continues to work on conservation projects in these three ecosystems in Colombia: Andean Forest, Dry Forest and Tropical Humid Forest.

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