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WWF – Biodiversity Annamites

WWF – Biodiversity Annamites

Forming the southern part of the globally important Greater Annamites Ecoregion, the Southern Annamites is a key site for the protection of Vietnam’s rarest large mammals and a host of range restricted and endemic species. Natural vegetation in this landscape is predominantly semi-evergreen/wet evergreen forest. Somewhat isolated from similar forests in the Annamites mountain chain, these lowland forests have a distinctive bird and mammal fauna. Of the 122 mammal species known from the Ecoregion, three are near-endemic species, and two are endemic. Some of the threatened species in this assemblage include the tiger, Asian elephant, black-shanked douc, gaur, banteng, Southern serow, clouded leopard, pygmy loris, pig-tailed macaque, dhole, Malayan sun bear and smooth-coated otter.

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Nepcon – Maiau Basin Sabah

Nepcon – Maiau Basin Sabah

The Maliau Basin, also known as The Lost World of Sabah, is situated in the heart of Sabah, Borneo, and belongs to some of the most biologically diverse areas in the tropics. BirdLife International has designated the area as an IBA with more than 270 bird species; hereof many listed on IUCN’s Red List. Now, the previous Malaysian project partner, the Sabah Foundation, has invited NEPCon to participate in a project, which shall update the management plan. This once more provides a unique opportunity to provide special Danish assistance to the protection of the Maliau Basin, which is part of the few, but globally significant conservation areas that have escaped the heavy logging activities and forest conversions affecting large tracts of Sabah and the rest of Borneo.

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MERU – Ezemvelo Project

MERU – Ezemvelo Project

In 2008, the Oppenheimer family donated a 4500 hectare Nature Reserve, Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, to our non-profit, the Maharishi lnstitute, to provide a stunning location for a new sustainable rural university, MERU. Ezemvelo is conservatively valued at R35.5 million, or 28 million DKK. MERU is being founded to educate disadvantaged youth in the conservation and “green” industries. The breakthrough concept combines education, poverty alleviation, and elimate change awareness and reduction into one solution. lndividuals and communities will learn how to create wealth out of emerging 21st century green technologies.

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Birds of São Tomé

Birds of São Tomé

São Tome and Príncipe, constitutes one of the most important countries for biodiversity in the world. It has a high level of endemism of many taxonomic groups. The islands host 95 bird species of which 27 species are endemic to the islands. The island is one of Africa’s major centres of wildlife endemism. The island holds three Critically Endangered bird species – the São Tomé Fiscal (Lanius newtoni), the São Tomé Grosbeak (Neospiza concolor), and the Dwarf Olive Ibis (Bostrychia bocagei) – which are found nowhere else on earth. All three species occur in the lowland forests in the south-west of the island. These forests have been classified as the second most important forests for bird conservation in Africa.

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Purchasing and protecting key forest sites

Purchasing and protecting key forest sites

In the Americas, land purchase of key sites has proved to be an effective way of conserving both species and habitats and the numerous ecosystem services they provide. Land purchase is often the best way to minimise the risks and assumptions of conservation efforts, and can provide greater options in terms of sustainable finance for long-term protection and management of forest reserves. Some of the highest priorities for purchase are unprotected forest corridors that link much larger protected forest sites; key areas within the buffer zones of existing protected area; and core areas within “paper parks” (areas protected on paper only). Such purchases deliver benefits greatly disproportionate to the area involved, as they help ensure the viability of species within protected areas, and long-term ecological connectivity.

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