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May 11, 2007
Assessments Completed in Six Additional Regions
New assessments found that Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) investments have helped build civil society as an effective force for long-term biodiversity conservation in six more of the world’s most threatened regions.
Green Gold™ Going Global
A certification process for sustainably mined artisan gold from the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena biodiversity hotspot has achieved international recognition. European jewelers are now using gold produced by Afro-Colombian miners according to special environmental and social criteria developed by Corporación Oro Verde.
Awá Culture, Awá Nature
Awá indigenous communities in the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena Hotspot have developed an innovative management plan for the protection of their lands. With help from a local conservation organization, they are successfully conserving their unique natural heritage by preserving their culture and customs.
Landowners Connect Key Ecosystems
The Serranía de los Paraguas Network of Private Reserves has grown to 60 members and 2,500 hectares. The organization helps protect critical ecosystems in the Colombian Andes.
Tackling Conservation with the Chachi
A groundbreaking conservation incentive agreement with the Chachi people of Esmeraldas in the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena Hotspot is bringing them socioeconomic benefits as they take steps to conserve their unique natural heritage.
Funding Flows in for Colombian Projects
A Colombian NGO and CI-Colombia have secured further funding to support CEPF grant recipients engaged in strengthening local and regional mechanisms to foster conservation in the corridor.
22 Municipalities Agree to Action Plan in Ecuador
A CEPF grantee has collaboratively established a regional conservation management plan for critical habitats in areas surrounding the Machalilla National Park.
El Pangan Bird Reserve Expands
Fundación ProAves has built the capacity of local communities living alongside El Pangan Bird Reserve in Colombia and attracted funding to purchase six land parcels adjacent to the reserve.
World Bank, CEPF Forge Greater Links
Representatives from the World Bank, CEPF, local civil society groups and governments across Latin America recently met to explore improving linkages between CEPF and Bank operations.
Marketing Social Change
Thirteen individuals in nine biodiversity hotspots are being trained in social marketing and the art of convincing local communities and governments that conservation is key. The project brings promising individuals and local groups together with the support of Rare and Conservation International’s global communications team
Rainforest Alliance Launches Expanded Eco-Index
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Now it is easier than ever to find detailed information about conservation projects in Latin America through the Eco-Index, an Internet resource managed by the Rainforest Alliance. The Alliance launched a redesigned and expanded Eco-Index site earlier this month to help busy conservationists more speedily discover what their colleagues are doing in the region.
Students Get Off to Strong Start for Conservation Education
Amid the diverse student population of Kent University in England, a multinational team is nearing the end of an intensive 10 weeks of specialized training to become community educators with a single mission: to promote local pride in the environment in some of the planet's most threatened ecosystems.
Rainforest Alliance to Expand Virtual Conservation Resource in Neotropics
Eco-Index, a Web-based, bilingual almanac of nearly 400 conservation projects in Mesoamerica, will be dramatically expanded over the next year. The expansion will include adding more projects in the region and projects in the Atlantic Forest, Chocó-Darién-Western Ecuador and Tropical Andes hotspots as part of a CEPF grant approved in late October.
CEPF Expands to Nine Hotspots
This year marks a major expansion for CEPF with grants for conservation projects now available in six additional biodiversity hotspots. The total amount available in these hotspots is $41.5 million over five years.