The Ark Project is located in the center of the Andean Forest in Santa Rosa municipality of State of Risaralda, 16 km from the Pereira the capital of the State. The community is populated by 21 peasant families in the archeological site area called Volcanes which is the cradle of an ancient civilization called the Quimbayas.
The location is even more privileged as it is within the regional Ucumari Park, a strategic buffer zone for the National Park Nevados known for its snow-capped volcanoes, glaciers, lakes and Andean primary forests. This sizeable national park covers an area of 144,062 acres (58,300 hectares) with a range of altitudes between 8,500 feet (2,600 meters) and 17,457 feet (5,321 meters). And temperatures are normally between 26.6 °F (-3 °C) and 57.2 °F (14 °C).
The protected area is important for the region and the world in general, because of the countless sources of water that originate within. Glaciers occupy 4% of the area belonging to the three volcanoes, Nevado del Ruiz, Nevado de Santa Isabel and Nevado del Tolima. The melting water from the glaciers give birth to the rivers that originate in the park and that conform 10 basins and 19 streams of different sizes and characteristics; six of the basins flow into the Magdalena River watershed (Gualí, Lagunilla, Recio, Totare and Co ello) and the remaining four (Chinchiná, Campoalegre, Otún and Quindío) into the Cauca River watershed.
The area is home to 1250 species of vascular plants, 200 bryophytes, 300 lichens and 180 macroscopic fungi. On the lower slopes and in the valleys the Andean wax palms are dominant. The upper Andean forest has trees reaching up to 30 m (98 ft) in height. In the páramo, frailejones dominate the landscape and a range of mosses, lichens can be observed. Coulored algae can be found in the various lagoons.
Noteworthy birds include blue-crowned motmot, yellow-eared parrot, Fuertes’s parrot, rufous-fronted parakeet, Andean condor, brown-banded antpitta and ruddy duck. The buffy helmetcrest hummingbird is endemic to the region. Noteworthy mammals include the mountain tapir, spectacled bear, northern pudú, oncilla, cougar and white-eared opossum.
The area of the project is well known for its own biodiversity on natural plants with medical and nutritional purposes as the Yaccon (Smallanthus Sonchifolius) Ortiga (Urtica dioica L.) Sagu. (Metroxylon sagu) Passiflora (Passiflora mollisima), Calendula (Calendula officinialis) Malva (Malva sylvesttrys) LLanten (Plantago lanceolada) Curcuma ( Curcuma longa), Siempre viva, hojarasin ( Bryophyllum pinnatum), Mirto ( Myrtus communis), Poleo (Mentha pulegium), Prontoalivio (Lippia alba), Ruda(Ruta graveolens) Sauco (Sambucus nigra), Corn (Mais andino) Yucca(Cassava), Quinua andina (Chenoppodium quinua), Amaranto (Amranthus caudatus), entre otras.
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The production of more than 4.5 billion pounds of a pestecized glyphosate produced by just one company speeded the rised of autoinmune and neurological diseases on humans; alzheimers, parkinsons, cancer, autism, dementia, asthma, diabetes, crohn’s, thyroid, ADD, PTS, depression, Bipolar and other emotional problems, all related to how the body and organs responds to the environment.
We are losing our identity at the cell level. Our own cells are reacting to our body creating a very particular phenomenon called autoinmune desease where our body acts as it were foreign.
Desconnecting from our own origen and purpose of life in the intent to persuit values with no more sense of spiritual meaning than provided by shopping malls, ordinary television, stagnant work places, and accumaltion and consumption of material goods and services.
Life styles, ways of living together, traditions, believes and expectations have set a new value system. A Culture that mirrows the way we are thinking, relating and connecting with nature. A culture also with a high polluted and private interest that destroys the right conditions for life but still benefits the few with economical power.
The set of spiritual, intellectual and emotional fetures, life styles, ways of living together, value system, traditions, beliefs, symbols, meanings and expectations. It indicates who we are, what is important to us, and how we should behave.
Culture as defined by us in ArK, is the ability to heal related to your connection with nature.
As stated by the Ipbes, combating land degradation requires systemic change at the macroeconomic level, for example, a concerted effort to improve the sustainability of production systems and consumer lifestyles, while simultaneously working to in order to promote a socio-economic environment conducive to a decline in the rate of population growth and per capita consumption.
A radical change is necessary to prevent irreversible degradation and speed up the implementation of measures for land restoration. This implies a radical change in the way of thinking and valuing life itself and in some way strengthening the relationship with Mother Nature.
The changes are fundamental and urgently demand response actions, but even more so the change in consciousness. A quantum leap where a profound transformation of the human being is necessary.
Reformatting values, priorities, lifestyles, consuming or declaring oneself autonomous and ensuring their own future and the necessary living conditions to achieve being and being happy, peaceful and free beings. Have what is possible and enough to be and be well.
The knowledge, practices and beliefs about the relationships of living beings, including human beings, with each other and with their environment, constantly evolve through interaction with experiences and knowledge of different types, and can provide information, methods, theories and practices of sustainable management, which have been tested through application and experimentation in real-world situations, by many people, under a wide variety of conditions.
‘The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the Earth’. The culture of the Earth is our first mayor reference to behave, relate, and be. Therefore, by observing the earth and natural cycles of relations with the sun, the moon, the waters, the plants, animals and minerals, we learn to adjust. We belong to this Earth and this earth has all the knowledge and technology we need to feed oursleves and be in the best harmony possible to be healthy.
We may imply that we have distance ourselves from our origen of life, creating a new set of values and life styles that has deteriorated the natural resources as deep cause of our present environmental and climate crisis. Our aim at ark project is to reestablish and promote a cultural practice, ways, and forms that bring us closer to nature in a healthier relationship.
Everything is connected. Our health is related to our environment. The soil is our body, the waters our blood, air our breath and fire our spirit that transforms. What we do to our natural elements we do to our health. The new epidemicsthreatenedd our health is related directly to the amount of pollution and deterioration of our natural resources.
AGROECOLOGY AND AGROFORESTRY; REGENERATING SUSTAINTABLE AGRICULTURE.
Recognizing the way nature works is the first step to working with nature. Using nature’s methods, we can use less energy to accomplish our objectives and benefit the earth as well. When we allow in beneficial bugs, fungi & “weeds”, we aren’t just saying no to pesticides, fungicides & herbicides; we are agreeing to work with nature’s systems. All those elements are critical elements in a thriving ecosystem and are necessary to make healthy soil, food and people.
Es un proceso en el cual se emplean lombrices que durante su digestión transforman la materia orgánica aprovechando desechos biodegradables para obtener un abono de alta calidad: el humus, un mejorador natural de las características físicas, químicas y biológicas del suelo (barbado, 2003)
Es un fertilizante líquido que se prepara por fermentación anaerobia (sin oxigeno) de estiércol fresco y materiales complementarios como materia animal muerta o sales minerales.
Fertilizante que suministra complementos al plan nutricional de los cultivos. Residuos orgánicos solidos compostados y fermentados, con el fin de reducir riesgos sanitarios, desequilibrios nutricionales, reducir toxinas presentes en los mismos y mejorar sus condiciones físicas. Excelentes opciones en un plan de fertilización orgánica para diferentes tipos de cultivos, son de fácil preparación y de bajo costo.
Las micorrizas son asociaciones entre la mayoría de las plantas existentes y los hongos benéficos, que incrementan el volumen de la raíz y, por tanto, permiten una mayor exploración de la rizosfera. Son considerados los componentes más activos de los órganos de absorción de los nutrientes de la planta, la que a su vez provee al hongo simbionte de nutrientes orgánicos y de un nicho protector (Corredor, 2008).
Los hongos entomopatógenos constituyen el grupo de mayor importancia en el control biológico de insectos plaga. Prácticamente, todos ellos son susceptibles de padecer las enfermedades causadas por estos hongos. Cuando sus esporas entran en contacto con la cutícula de insectos susceptibles, germinan y crecen directamente a través de ella hacia el interior del cuerpo de su hospedero. Por lo tanto, el hongo prolifera a través del cuerpo del insecto, produce toxinas y consume los nutrientes del insecto, y eventualmente lo destruye. Al inicio de la infección pueden o no observarse síntomas, pero el insecto comienza a perder movilidad y apetito. Al cabo de siete o diez días, muere debido a la deficiencia nutricional.
Los herbicidas son compuestos químicos en su gran mayoría orgánicos que controlan, inhiben o previenen la proliferación de plantas. Los herbicidas tienen múltiples características que se describen como selectividad, aspectos fisiológicos y formas de acción. Un herbicida selectivo es aquel que en ciertas dosis y formas de aplicación elimina o inhibe especies individuales en una población heterogénea de plantas sin causar daño o apenas afectar a otras.
Es un producto de preparación casera elaborado a base de azufre y cal, que sirve para la prevención y control de algunas plagas, entre ellas: mildiú, oídium (cenicilla), botritis, ácaros y trips. Además, estimula el crecimiento y ayuda a superar las deficiencias de calcio y azufre de los cultivos.
La solarización es un sistema efectivo que utilizado para calentar el suelo y con esto eliminar malezas, insectos, algunos hongos, bacterias y semillas.
Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) is a root-based fruit type which has been used for centuries as a staple food among the Andean population. In South America it is a traditional food, but in the European Union it is considered novel. It has a long history of safe use in South America and even elsewhere with potential health-promoting properties including prebiotic, antidiabetic, antioxidative and antimicrobial effects.
Create spaces and environments conducive to care and promote values and principles, practices and knowledge, techniques and technologies that contribute to improve the quality of life and of the environment.
Promote social processes that lead to improving agricultural practices, the management of soil, water, and plants, food and health. Promote the wisdom of the earth and ancient knowledge of the plants and indigenous cultures.
Contribute to the defense and promotion of biodiversity: flora and fauna.
The Model and Purpose.
The strategic location of the project; therefore, bring us to the opportunity to build a very particular conservation model, valuing the immense biodiversity potential, water abundance and the anthropic influences of the community within the proximity to the conservation area which is yet to be proved that a particular local development like this one, can be in tuned or sync with the biodiversity of the region, not only generating the minimum impact but also taking advantage of the biodiversity of the region and still be productive in satisfying some of the needs and goal for this type of region and communities.
For this reason, the ARK project finds its purpose in bringing the bases and foundations for creating a suitable agricultural and conservational culture and values. Encouraging a culture that can help us restore our relationship with the Earth, her knowledge and wisdom, seeking to do the best we can, to do more with what Earth gives to us. In this way, finding answers to a sustainable model that can be used as an example and can generate exchange of experiences, knowledge and practices that can be productive in a very holistic way.
The purpose then, brings us to find process that can contribute to rescue, to promote and implement systems, techniques and examples that improves our relationship to the earth and what she brings available to us. Therefore, promoting better conditions for quality of life and the improvement of the fragile environment.