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Phoenix Project

Phoenix Project

Since 2004, SAVE Brazil (SAVE) has been working to conserve the highly threatened Atlantic Forest at Serra do Urubu (Pernambucu State, Brazil) with support from the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation. This final project report gives an overview of the achievements of the project during its lifetime together with a more detailed Annual Project Report for the second half of 2011. Importantly, all of the proposed activities were successfully completed and the project achieved its goal: To contribute to the conservation of the Atlantic Forest of north east Brazil and its rich and unique biodiversity by increasing the forested area through the involvement of local communities in forest conservation and restoration initiatives.

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WWF – Coral shrimp project

WWF – Coral shrimp project

The incidental capture of untargeted species – bycatch – has become a major political, management, sectoral and environmental focus, bringing its implications to the forefront as a conservation, sustainability and food security imperative. Of particular concern in the Coral Triangle region is shrimp trawling – an activity, which harvests an estimated tens of thousands of endangered marine turtles every year and which also catches a significant amount of other non-target (and unmanaged) fish and shellfish. An on-board WWF observations program in the Arafura Sea (near Papua) in 2005-2006 revealed that an average of 2-20 sea turtles were incidentally caught in each vessel during trawl operations.

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Tana River – Conservation and Development

Tana River – Conservation and Development

The project targeted the Tana River Delta (02 30’ S, 40 20’ E), in Tana River and Lamu Districts of Coast Province. The delta has an estimated area of 130,000 ha within altitude of 0-37 m above sea level. Tana Delta presents a complex system of freshwater, brackish lakes and streams, saline grasslands and wetlands and successional stages of forest woodland on the river banks and dunes parallel to the shore. This complex habitat hosts biodiversity of global conservation importance. Given the unique biodiversity, Tana Delta has been recognized globally, as Important Bird Area/Key Biodiversity Area and therefore the site has been prioritized by Nature Kenya for conservation action.

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WSPA – Human Elephant conflict reduction

WSPA – Human Elephant conflict reduction

In 2009, WSPA and the Tanzania Wildlife Research lnstitute (TAWIRI) co-operated with local villages to develop a practical approach that proved to work successfully; the chilli fence. The chillies used are so strong that they are completely inedible for humans, and elephants cannot stand neither the taste nor the smell. When the chillies are used in the fences it effectively keeps the elephants away. A good example is a 14 day test we did in 2009, when the fence was tested by 24 local farmers. The results were amazing: No elephants entered the fields enclosed by the chili i fences, while the fields that were surrounded by regular fences were protected to 171(reported) cases of “break in”.

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WSPA – Reintroduction of Bonobos

WSPA – Reintroduction of Bonobos

The main aim of the project is to secure the survival of the species in the wild. Through thorough measuring and registration, we will be able to use our experiences to create a basis for a proper register that contains knowledge to be used over the next few years. The bonobos will also be counted and monitored to prevent poaching and to keep track of how well the bonobos survive on their own.

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