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Vicente is a chemical engineer, graduating from the Universidad del Valle, Cali. Initially he was engaged for 5 years as an engineer in a factory that produced sugar and ethanol, later spending 33 years working for Corn Products Company in Colombia, (starch and maize syrup) finally becoming technical director for 3 factories. He travelled widely, receiving training in companies in Brazil, Argentina, the USA and Canada and offering technical advice in companies in Venezuela, Honduras and Chile. He designed and assisted with the construction of a "biofabrica” for the production of yucca plantlets, for which he acted as a consultant for the Centre for Investigation of Tropical Agriculture. He visited the “instituto Inivit” in Cuba to study bioreactors.
Vicente has been cultivating orchids for more than 30 years, and today he is the proprietor of a small shade house where he raises orchids grown from seed in a small laboratory. He has given, with his wife, courses about orchids and how they can be cultivated in the city of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
The Fundación Jardín Botánico de Cali is a private non-profit organisation, dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and with an emphasis on the flora and fauna of Cali and the Valle del Cauca by means of research, environmental education, horticulture and the sustainable use of natural resources with the aim of improving the quality of life of the communities in harmony with the natural environment.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE GARDEN ARE TO:
|*Make known to the general public the role of the botanical gardens as a source of help for the conservation, knowledge and sustainable use of the natural heritage of the region.
*Teach the public about the economic, aesthetic and cultural importance of plants to human beings. Improve and share knowledge and experience of ecosystem management, the re-establishment of species, the restoration of the natural environment and the importance of the wise use resources (water, soil, fauna, flora, air and countryside).
*To help restore the valley of the River Cali, conserving and enriching the native fauna and flora, identifying and protecting the endangered species, controlling the processes of erosion and especially restoring the water quality.
*To demonstrate the interdependence between human beings and natural ecosystems, the current problems existing in this relationship and the necessity to take responsibility for the solving these problems.