At the end of last week NPC Colombia, The Ministry of the Environment (Colombia) and WCS Colombia held a workshop for the making of the national species action plan for the Critically Endangered Colombia black spider monkey (Ateles fusciceps), in Pereira. The workshop was attended by 25 representative of universities, NGOs, government departments and community groups. A huge thank you to UKUMARI biopark for hosting the event and to Luz Dary Acevedo (WCS), Andrés Link (Fundación Proyecto Primates), Andrea Echeverry (ACOPAZOA) and to Nick Davis (Chester Zoo). After many intense sessions we were able to form the basis of the action plan and start a collaborative network of institutions to work for the conservation of the species. We thank Chester Zoo, EAZA and the Primate Action Fund for their generous help supporting this workshop.
Our native species reforestation efforts with local communities continue. The local community groups protecting the Gran Simacache and Bosques de Sinaí Conservation Concessions each have new tree nurseries producing local species to be given for free to farmers in the buffer zones of the concessions and to reforest degraded areas of the reserves, we will continue to update you on progress of this work as the trees grow and mature.
In addition to the search for the black spider monkey (Ateles fusciceps), NPC Colombia has held environmental education and biodiversity workshops with children from different rural communities in the Colombian West. Full of curiosity and interest, the children have explored the terms ‘biodiversity’ and ‘conservation’. There’s a lot of hope in these little people, and also a lot still to do.
Another monkey rescued. this week NPC is helping with the care and transport of a rescued Andean saddle backed tamarin. The animal was confiscated by authorities at the Coral Quemado check point on the highway from the northern Peruvian Amazon to the Pacific coast. Aside from his captivity and capture from the wild he also suffers from a permanent malformation of his jaw, probably the result of a previously broken jaw sustained during capture and that has now set badly. We see animals suffering like this every week, please do not buy wildlife or frequent attractions that use wild animals.
For two weeks we have been enjoying the start of our latest environmental education program in rural schools in Uchiza and Saposoa, Peru. The program is running in primary and secondary schools, through workshops focused on biodiversity conservation; using varied activities including painting, theatre, reading, games, stories, and group discussions, among others. The program is designed to promote awareness of the importance of caring for and preserving the different ecosystems that surround the villages, whilst taking into account the reality that each student lives.
NPC staff and local teachers in the Bosque del Sinai Conservation Concession area have been working hard on our environmental education programme. Getting the next generation excited about conservation is an important part of what we do.
Today we were involved in the rescue of two endangered white bellied spider monkeys and a scarlet macaw from a tourist bar in the city of Yurimaguas. Thanks to the professionalism of the authorities involved (The environmental public prosecutor, the regional government of Loreto and the police) the operation went very smoothly and now the animals are on their way to a rescue centre where they will recover and eventually be released back to the wild.
Environmental education is vital to ensure a strong future for the forests and their inhabitants. Volunteers Erick and Monica continued our education work this week with school children in Moyobamba, Peru.
Some pictures from our recent biological monitoring trip to the Jardines Angel del Sol Conservation Concession in San Martin, Peru. The seven and a half thousand hectare reserve is run by a group of local people from the villages of La Primavera, Libano and Santa Cruz. Thanks to a grant from the IUCN Netherlands and local NGO AMPA, the group has been able to buy more land to extend the reserve and to carry out these biological monitoring trips.
More photos soon!
Yesterday NPC participated in a workshop with the Peruvian Forestry Service, the San Martin Regional Government and representatives of many local conservation areas. The Forestry Service is looking to improve the Peruvian governments response to the needs of local reserve administrators and is carrying out a series of workshops, this is the second that we have participated in, to hear recommendations from the different actors. We look forward to seeing the positive results on-the-ground!