Preventing Extinction of the Hooded Grebe
The windy, cold, dry and variable weather on the Patagnonian Steppe of Argentina make it one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth. Yet it is an environment rich in biodiversity with several endemic, rare and threatened species, including the threatened Hooded Grebe. ICFC is partnering with a local organization, Ambiente Sur, which has identified and has plans to address each of the factors adversely affecting this species.
Tacana Brazil Nut program: conserving forests through sustainable use
This program is helping the Tacana indigenous people develop a Brazil nut industry, which strengthens their ability to hold and protect their 343,000-hectare lands, while providing much needed income.
|Amazon Conservation Association|
Provisioning for surveillance and monitoring of the Kayapó
protected forest in the Brazilian Amazon
ICFC is engaged in a long-term effort to strengthen capacity of the Kayapó indigenous people to protect their officially ratified territories which span an area of tropical forest twice the size of Nova Scotia in Brazil's southeastern Amazon.
|BRAZIL||Strengthening protection and management of Marine Protected Areas
in Abrolhos, Brazil
This project is aimed at consolidating and strengthening the protection and management of the Abrolhos network of marine protected areas, which will serve as a model for improving marine conservation in Brazil and beyond.
Guilherme Dutra, CI-Brazil
|COSTA RICA||Involving local communities in conservation at Area
de Conservación Guanacaste
Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) in northwestern Costa Rica protects 163,000 ha of lowland forest, rain forest, cloud forest, and a marine sector. ICFC's Parataxonomist Fund helps train and support local community members as parataxonomists, who both guard the park and contribute to the biological inventory for ACG. We also support an after-school program in marine biology and ecology for children from a neighbouring fishing community.
Laguna Grande Reserve
With our Guatemalan partner, ICFC is supporting the Laguna Grande Reserve to protect an area of lagoons, mangroves, lowland and inundated forests, and karstic mountain forests in Caribbean Guatemala.
Land acquisition: Sierra Caral Cloud Forest
ICFC joined forces with several other conservation organizations to purchase 2298 hectares of the Sierra Caral Cloud Forest in Guatemala. This site is one of the most biodiverse forest remnants in Central America and protects nine endangered and seven endemic amphibian species.
Robin Moore / www.robindmoore.com
Conservation of Maleos and marine turtles in Tompotika,
This work effectively promotes the conservation of the endangered maleo (Megacephalon maleo) and marine turtles that nest in the Tompotika area of Sulawesi, while building a local foundation for conservation in Sulawesi.
Conservation of the desert elephants of Mali
Mali's desert population of elephants has evolved a unique nomadic strategy that includes a migration circuit of 600 km to cope with the widely dispersed and variable food and water resources in the Sahel area of Africa. This project is securing the future of this northern-most elephant population by reducing human-elephant conflict and ensuring continued access for elephants to key habitats.
|PERU||Los Amigos: building
a conservation trust fund|
The Los Amigos Conservation Concession (LACC) conserves the Los Amigos watershed and 146,000 ha of biodiverse old-growth forest in the Madre de Dios region of southeastern Peru. It indirectly protects a far greater area of tropical forest and an area with uncontacted indigenous people. Working with the Amazon Conservation Association, ICFC has created a trust fund to endow the salaries of park guards to provide basic protection this important reserve in perpetuity.
|ACA: Gabby Salazar|
Small projects (ongoing)
|ARGENTINA||Selva de Pino Paraná: Protecting threatened species
of the Atlantic Forest region in Argentina
In 2003 a small group of researchers and volunteers realized that urgent conservation action was needed to stop the decline of the Endangered Vinaceous Parrot and other species of the highly threatened Atlantic Forest hotspot. Measurable progress has been made through research, education and habitat restoration, with population declines reversed.
|Proyecto Selva de Pino Paraná|
|MADAGASCAR||Nature Field Trips for Urban Youths in Madagascar
This small project offered a rare opportunity for young participants in a conservation club in the city of Fort Dauphin to have their first view of lemurs. Such exposure can inspire a lifelong engagement with nature and conservation and influence the future course of conservation in this biodiversity hotspot.
|MEXICO|| Groundwork for expansion of the Sierra de Alamos
Reserve in Mexico
This project contributes to Nature and Culture International's effort to increase protection of the Sierra de Alamos Reserve in southern Sonora, Mexico to conserve the rare tropical dry forest ecosystem and its considerable biodiversity as well as to improve management and sustainable use of the resources within the reserve to benefit the local people.
|Nature & Culture International|
|BOLIVIA||Management for Blue-throated Macaws at the Barba Azul Nature
The Critically Endangered Blue-throated Macaw is found in only one place on Earth: the Beni Savannas of Bolivia. This project was aimed at protecting and increasing the Blue-throated Macaw population at the Barba Azul Nature Reserve in this area of Bolivia.
|Joe Tobias, Asociación Armonía|
Provision of infrastructure at the Jorupe ReserveFundación Jocotoco's Jorupe Reserve consists of 1374 hectares (13 km2) of high quality deciduous forest in the Tumbesian region of southwest Ecuador. It supports many endemic and rare species of plants and animals, including populations of twelve globally threatened birds, such as the Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner. This project entailed building a new house (6 m x 8 m in size) for one of the reserve's forest guards to replace the existing, unsafe living quarters.
|SRI LANKA||Conservation and Management of the Morningside cloud
This project consisted of ground work in preparation for a biodiversity reserve network consisting of priority cloud forest sites (Morningside and others) in the highlands of southwestern Sri Lanka. This reserve system is being created to protect threatened species, notably amphibians, lizards and freshwater crabs and to provide other environmental benefits.
Prospective workOur ability to do additional worthwhile work depends on support from donors. Please if you're interested in supporting the following.
Conservation of lemur habitat in MadagascarOne of the world's highest conservation priorities is Madagascar, an area of high species diversity and endemism (species found nowhere else) and ongoing destruction of natural habitats. All lemur species and 98% of amphibian and 90% of vascular plant species are endemic to Madagascar. ICFC is interested in working with organizations that are best able to carry out conservation in this island country. One effort we might join is that of Saving Species and its partner, the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments. Another organization of interest is Fanamby.
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