Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota - Grupo de Restauracion Ecologica
Aqueducto de Bogota
several publications available -
This project is a facilitation experiment of the Universidad Nacional of Colombia in areas invaded by European gorse (Ulex europaeus). Restoration treatments are concentrated in areas that are part of water intake areas for the city of Bogota. Most areas were planted in 2006-2008 and are periodically maintained by the university and the city water company.
Lupinus bogotensis is often used as a facilitator to ameliorate site conditions in areas of invasive plants; the Lupinus is often planted in restoration nuclei (small clumps). After gorse is removed, fast growing Lupinus can create shade and alter soil conditions in order to prevent re-colonization of the gorse. Following the facilitation model, pioneer trees will then be planted, followed by mid-successional trees.