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Forests of Fiji

Forests of  Fiji

Forests of Fiji – Creating Permanent Forest Estates for the Benefit of Fiji’s People and Biodiversity. The tropical forests of the FijiIslands contain some of the richest natural communities of all the oceanic islands of the Pacific and these forests are critical for the conservation of Fiji’s endemic biodiversity. Fiji’s forests also contribute substantially to the quality of life of the rural people, providing timber and non-timber products, and environmental services such as soil conservation, water catchment, and carbon sinks.

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Building on success

Building on success

To date the six Partners have worked in more than 45 sites that include at least 5 designated Ramsar sites. A remarkable achievement has been the designation of 3 new Protected Areas in Brazil and 2 in Nepal. Proposals to ensure governmental recognition and the long term conservation of another 15 sites are also currently under development. In addition, the Partners are feeding scientific information into Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and national reports and are developing or updating management plans in 5 sites.

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WWF – Illegal wildlife trade

WWF – Illegal wildlife trade

Illegal wildlife trade is driving a rapid extinction of species throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS)1 and is arguably one of the most pressing drivers of biodiversity loss in the region. Species that have suffered drastic declines include charismatic large mammals such as tiger Panthera tigris, Sumatran rhino Dicerorhinus sumatrensis, Javan rhino Rhinoceros sondaicus, and Asian elephant Elephas maximus. Numerous lesser known animal and plant species have also been affected, including pangolins Manis spp., slow lorises Nycticebus spp., freshwater turtles and tortoises, agarwood Aquilaria spp., and various wild orchid species.

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Roche Caiman Sanctuary

Roche Caiman Sanctuary

The project will build and equip a small visitor’s centre at the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman, located in greater Victoria (the capital city. Nature Seychelles manages the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman (which was restored through a grant by Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation). The visitor’s centre will consolidate those and will be a welcome addition to it’s environmental education and awareness programs.

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Saving the treasures of the Caribbean

Saving the treasures of the Caribbean

The Turquino-Bayamesa watershed in easternmost Cuba includes one Important Bird Area (IBA), the Bayamesa and Turquino National Parks IBA, and supports many threatened and endemic birds. While much of this watershed is still forested, there are problems with illegal hunting and wood cutting, inappropriate agricultural practices, pollution and disturbance. Centro Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (CNAP, BirdLife in Cuba) and their local collaborators are in the process of developing demonstration agro-forestry plots in two areas, Pino del Agua and María Tomaza, and tree nurseries to assist in ecosystem restoration in these two National Parks.

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