Fundación Magnolios is a Colombian registered and based not for profit organisation whose purpose is to combat climate change by protecting forests from deforestation.
In 2016 deforestation increased by 44% in Colombia and protection of forests will play a critical role in global efforts to address climate change. Colombia also has the second highest level of biodiversity in the world and is home to almost 10,000 species found nowhere else.
The Foundation purchases land at risk of clearing and works with farmers to improve agricultural practices to reduce the need for further land clearing. It also supports the regeneration of native forests and endangered species on previously cleared land.
Fundación Magnolios is named after the critically endangered magnolia trees found in the Colombian region of Antioquia where the Foundation works.
Fundacion Magnolios works in partnership with Colombian environmental organisation SalvaMontes.
A bit about the founders
Fundación Magnolios was founded by Angie Hernandez, Christian Dannecker, Josh Harris and Madeleine Holme.
Angie was born in Cali, Colombia, and lives in Medellin with her husband Christian and their two children. Angie is the Program Manager for Fundación Magnolios. Christian has been a trailblazer and leader in conservation and climate protection around the world. Christian and Angie have a nursery at their home where they spend time germinating endangered species.
Josh has dedicated his entire professional life to working on climate change. In his spare time he is an energetic surfer. Madeleine has worked for the union movement, the aid and development sector and environmental companies. Josh and Madeleine live in Sydney, Australia.