Bird Watching to Reduce Plastic Pollution, Brazil

Instituto Curicaca contributes to the viability of all life forms, promoting respect for ecological processes, biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, cultural diversity and valorization of assets, expressions, practices and knowledge in the Atlantic Forest, Pampa and Coastal region biomes.

The Lagoa do Peixe National Park (LPNP) protects migratory birds. The area is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, with 273 bird species registered in the Park. The main tourist activity is bird watching, focused on the threatened species. The main threats to birds and endangered marine fauna are plastic waste pollution, ingestion, and damage to the natural landscape through the accumulation of debris on the beaches. This project will focus on reducing the plastic contamination in the habitat of endangered birds and other threatened animals, through clean up events, education and training. A workshop for teachers and local bird watching guides, a photographic exhibition highlighting the problem, clean up events and diagnosis of waste collected, awareness raising amongst fishermen regarding net disposal and the production of waste management plans for the local municipalities will involve more than 700 people, including school children, locals and visitors. The project aims to change the habits of the community via 20 beach cleans to clear 10km of beach and their surrounding habitats of plastic waste.

Image: The beauty of the Park. Image credit: Fabio de Melo