Bogotá’s Ecological and Recreational Corridor is a 50km project that seeks to protect the city’s Eastern Mountains while promoting human relationships, ethics, solidarity and ecological values among the citizens. To achive this, the project designed a regenerative planning based on three main strategies to allow the citizens access to recreational/ecological spaces along the mountain chain.
The plan seeks to recover the ability of local communities to manage the interactions between a growing 8 million people metropolis and over 50 kilometers of an environmentally protected area surrounding it. Sustainable management of this urban frontier demands responsible usage of watersheds, conservation of native vegetation, and recovery and maintenance of foot-paths and basic infrastructure using traditional and environmentally friendly technologies. The key to achieving sustainability and transferability of these changes lies in involving local communities, neighbors and sponsoring agencies in adopting environmentally friendly uses of the natural spaces that lie beyond this frontier.
BIOPHYSICS STRATEGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
The proposed natural border will offer a simple and effective solution for restoring and preserving natural ecosystems, bringing native plant and animal species into urban green areas, while promoting environmental education and responsible recreational uses of the protected areas.
SPATIAL STRATEGY AND ECONOMIC VIABILITY
The Ecological and Recreative Corridor aims to physically delimitate the borderline of the city with the Ecological Reserve, through a space of passive recreation containing parks, agro parks, vivarium of native species, learning stations among others, where the visitor becomes a hills inspector and an active part of the conservation process of these mountains.
The Project represents a strategic social and environmental venture, requiring minimal infrastructure investments, reduced up-front costs for land-acquisition, but extended social and economic benefits resulting from environmentally responsible management and socially harmonious coexistence with local communities. The total investment for the proposed 50-kilometer natural border strip is equivalent to the cost of just 4 kilometers of urban bus corridors.
The citizens’ commitment to behave in a more environmentally responsible way towards the immediate border is now evident in universities, schools, and private landowners as well, since there is a visible change in their everyday routines compared with their previous behaviors. Although the transformations resulting from the impact of the landscape on social culture might take longer than develop urban infrastructure, they germinate and multiply the spiritual value of the vast majority.