Protecting Fuertes Parrot, Colombia

The World Land Trust aims to protect and sustainable manage natural ecosystems of the world, by conserving their biodiversity, with emphasis on threatened habitats and endangered species. This will be done by developing partnerships with local individuals, communities and organisations to engage support and commitment from the people living in the project areas. WLT raises awareness in the UK and elsewhere of the need for conservation, to improve understanding and generate support through education, information and fundraising.
Fuertes Parrot - image ProAves
Fuertes Parrot - image ProAves

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The Project

For over 90 years, the Fuertes Parrot was thought to be extinct. In 2002, a team of Colombian conservationists discovered a small colony of 15 individuals on a small, highly fragmented patch of montane cloud forest above the town of Cajamarca in Central Colombia. ProAves immediately started working in the area to save the species and in 2009 acquired and established the 361 acre Gile-Fuertes Nature reserve to protect one of only 2 tiny surviving populations. WLT is not working to raise funds to assist ProAves in addressing the critical loss of key threatened habitats in Colombia. The owner of the land surrounding the reserve wishes to sell his remaining land, totalling 363 acres, and urgent funding is being sought to purchase these 2 highly important areas, as well as assist in the management and development of conservation activities in the reserve. The purchase is extremely urgent as there is a South American gold mining company who have recently discovered gold in the area and also want to buy the land. If ProAves buys the land, it will immediately be submitted to the Ministry of Environment in Colombia to certify as a National Protected Area, ensuring greater support from the Government. This project includes:
  • purchase and protection of 2 areas for expansion of the Giles-Fuertes Reserve, submission of the area for approval and official recognition, hiring additional forest ranger
  • development of management plan for reserve
  • expansion of conservation activities to include nest box installation, reforestation activities, ranger cabin
  • ecotourism development – expansion of trail network into new reserve area
  • ranger training, including mapping, reforestation, restoration and boundary patrol skills
Giles Fuertes Reserve - image ProAves
Giles Fuertes Reserve - image ProAves
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