A total of one hundred Magnolias will be donated to Fundación Natura Colombia through a joint conservation effort by the Medellin Botanical Garden and South Pole Group.
The effort is part of the IICA project, one of South Pole Group's many forestry projects, which focuses on using carbon markets for the conservation of several species of Colombian endangered endemic trees, the Magnoliaceas being one of them. Colombia is the country with more species in the neotropic, of which 33 are endemic. Historically most species of Magnoliacea have been used, among others, as timber for housing construction, carpentry, and woodwork, resulting in the species' alarming depletion.
The project aims to involve the communities from Civil Society Reserves in the project area in conservation activities, through the planting of 100 magnolias trees. Some species that will be planted are M.hernandezii, M. silvioi, M. jardinensis and M. Yarumalensis.
The recent donation will help support natural ecological succession and biodiversity, as well as the development of a new agroforestry culture around the potential of sustainable forest management's high value.