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Sierra de Bahoruco National Park is located in the south-west of the Dominican Republic and is one of the richest tropical highland ecosystems on the island of Hispaniola. The area is recognised as globally important from an ecological perspective, but also provides vital ecosystem services to local communities, such as the provision of food, water and non-timber forest products. In a country experiencing steady population and economic growth, supported by a strong tourism sector, the sustainability of such ecosystem services is critical. The forest also offers vital protection to lowland areas against landslides.read more
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.read more
The wetlands of the high Andes from Venezuela to Argentina form a key component of paramo, jalca and puna ecosystems. They play a vital role in providing water to ecosystems and human communities at lower elevations, and are of key importance for resident and migratory biodiversity, including significant numbers of highly threatened species such as Bogota Rail (EN), Junín Grebe (CR), Titicaca Grebe (EN), Hooded Grebe (EN) and Andean Flamingo (VU).
High Andean wetland eco-regions are widely recognised as being globally threatened. The wetlands and the unique biodiversity they maintain are threatened through drainage, hydroelectric dams, changes in hydrological cycles, introduced species, overexploitation and incidental catch. These wetlands and the environmental services they provide are also expected to be severely affected by climate change.
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.read more
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.read more
At the end of 2006, the Jensen Foundation approved an important grant to support BirdLife International and SAVE Brasil in the development of a simple but effective blueprint for conservation of Amazonian biodiversity by identifying the most cost-effective and highest priority sites (using IBA criteria), and integrating the resulting portfolio of sites within national and regional development agendas.read more
The Pampas or Southern Cone Grasslands of South America cover an area of one million square kilometres in four Mercosur countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. They constitute one of the richest areas of grassland biodiversity in the world, especially noted for plant species diversity (many of considerable economic value) and grassland-dependent birds. Fifteen Pampas bird species are globally threatened with extinction, and natural grasslands are key to the conservation of many others, including various Arctic-breeding shorebirds. The Pampas also have deep cultural roots – as represented by the figure of the “gaucho” (a South American “cowboy”). Traditionally used for free-range cattle-ranching, these grasslands are increasingly being lost to intensive agriculture.read more