The city and the region are proposed to form the largest urban forest in Latin America, the forest reserve Thomas van der Hammen, which corresponds to 1.395,16 hectares in the North of the city.
For this purpose it has developed the plan of environmental management with the following projects:
-Design of the reserve
-Declaration of public utility
-Elimination of improper land uses, such as flower farm and industry
The main objective is to achieve the ecological connectivity between the eastern hills of the city and the river Bogota and recovery the richness of the aquifer and the soil. In this area are wetlands, creeks, the sanctuary of flora and fauna “Las Mercedes” forest.
A project of biodiversity node also develops on 27 acres where the Bogotá Botanical Garden, plants native trees.
The creation of this reserve, avoids the phenomenon of conurbation with the neighbouring municipalities in the North of Bogota.
This project corresponds to the general city strategy to recover the ecological main structure.