The Tropical Andes region has been described as the richest and most diverse area on Earth, in terms of biodiversity. This "hotspot" comprises less than one percent of the planet`s land area, yet it contains more than a sixth of the world`s plant life. Some estimates put the number of species going extinct due to deforestation of tropical forest at 137 per day.
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As a result of climate changes, 15-37% of land organisms will disappear by 2015.
The team of the „Biodiversitatis” ” Foundation has undertaken activities aiming at creating a nature reserve with a research station and education center in South America. Currently, we are gathering funds to purchase 30 ha of Northern Andean montane forest in the Sibundoy Valley (southern Colombia). The eastern and western slopes of some of the major valleys in this ecoregion have substantially different plants and animals, and many species are restricted to single mountaintops or ranges. These are likely to be the richest tropical montane forests on Earth.